Francis Keppel


1916 – 1990


Who was Francis Keppel?

Francis Keppel was an American educator. As U.S. Commissioner of Education he was instrumental in developing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and in overseeing enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the schools. In 1966, he became head of the General Learning Corporation. Keppel later served on the New York City Board of Higher Education and on Harvard’s Board of Overseers. In 1974 he became founding chairman of the Lincoln Center Institute and director of the education policy program at the Aspen Institute.


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Apr 16, 1916
United States of America
  • Groton School
  • Harvard University
Lived in
  • New York City
Feb 19, 1990

on July 23, 2013