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TEXACO INC. DIRECTORS ELECT FRANKLYN G. JENIFER TO COMPANY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Texaco Inc. (NYSE: TX) announced today that Dr. Franklyn G. Jenifer, president of Howard University, has been elected to the company's board of directors, effective Nov. 1, bringing to 15 the number of directors on Texaco's board.
 Dr. Jenifer, 54, became Howard University's 14th president in April 1990; the first alumnus to head Howard University since its founding in 1867. At the Washington, D.C., university, Dr. Jenifer presides over 17 schools and colleges, four campuses, 12,000 students and some 2,000 full- and part-time faculty members. The university's affiliated institutions include a hospital, hotel, television station, radio station and publishing house, constituting one of the largest black-owned and operated corporations in the nation.
 "Frank Jenifer is a distinguished academician, scholar, scientist and author," noted Texaco Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Alfred C. DeCrane, Jr. "His demonstrated leadership, and planning capabilities, well-articulated vision and tireless efforts in tackling tough challenges in key education and executive positions have earned him wide recognition and numerous accolades. We look forward to his contributions to our board of directors."
 Dr. Jenifer came to Howard after serving as chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education. There, he had overall responsibility for 27 public colleges and universities with total enrollment of approximately 180,000 students.
 From 1979 to 1986, Dr. Jenifer was vice chancellor of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education in Trenton, the number two administrative position in a system encompassing 32 public higher education institutions with an enrollment of approximately one-quarter million students. In that post, his concerns included upgrading the system's research efforts in science and technology and developing a program to increase the number of minorities with doctoral degrees.
 Prior to the vice chancellor position, he served for two years as associate provost at Rutgers University's Newark campus.
 At Rutgers' Livingston College, New Brunswick, Dr. Jenifer launched his career in academia: from assistant professor of biology in 1970, to associate professor just a year later, to full professor in 1976. Between 1974 and 1977, he also was chairperson of the biology department and, from 1976 to 1977, chairperson of the University Senate.
 With a background and education in scientific research, Dr. Jenifer worked from 1962 to 1970 as a plant virologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pioneering Laboratory in Plant Virology in Beltsville, Md.
 The Washington, D.C., native received his bachelor of science degree from Howard in 1962 and earned his master of science degree from the University in 1965, both in microbiology. He then went on the earn his doctorate degree in plant virology from the University of Maryland in 1970.
 Dr. Jenifer has been a member of many notable educational, scientific, civic and corporate organizations. His directorships include: the American Council on Education; Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company; the Corporation of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; the Public Broadcasting Service and the Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation.
 He is also chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's National Council for Science and Technology Education; a Washington trustee of the Federal City Council; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Aid to Education.
 His achievements have earned him numerous awards and honors, including honorary degrees from Babson College, Boston College, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Bowdoin College, Kean College of New Jersey, the University of Massachusetts at Amhearst and Essex (N.J.) Community College.
 Dr. Jenifer has authored many articles in scientific journals, as well as newspaper commentaries on a wide range of subjects, including societal issues, educational matters and public policy concerns.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photo available upon request. Dr. Jenifer and his wife Alfleda, have three adult children.
 /CONTACT: Anita M. Larsen, 914-253-4155, or James J. Swords, 914-253-4103, both of Texaco; or Alan Hermesch of Howard University, 202-806-0971/
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