Nominations & Appointments, November 17, 1981

Nomination of Alan C. Nelson To Be Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service

November 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Alan C. Nelson to be Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization, Department of Justice. He would succeed Leonel J. Castillo. Norman Braman, who was announced on September 29, 1981, has asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration due to personal reasons.

Mr. Nelson is currently serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, he was an attorney with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. in San Francisco (1975 - 81); director, Department of Rehabilitation for the State of California (1972 - 75); assistant director, Department of Human Resources Development for the State of California (1969 - 72); deputy district attorney for Alameda County (1964 - 69); and an attorney with the firm of Rogers, Clark & Jordan (1958 - 64).

He graduated from the University of California (B.S., 1955) and the University of California School of Law (J.D., 1958). He is married, has three children, and resides in Lafayette, Calif. He was born October 18, 1933, in Oakland, Calif.

Appointment of Stephen E. Palmer, Jr., as State Department Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

November 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to appoint Stephen E. Palmer, Jr., to be the Department of State member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He would succeed Patricia M. Derian.

Mr. Palmer is currently Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Rights. He entered the Foreign Service in 1951. Mr. Palmer served as vice consul in Nicosia, as political officer in Belgrade, consul in Sarajevo, chief of political section in Tel Aviv, political officer for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs in London, political counselor in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, and as consul general in South India, at Madras. In 1959 - 63 he was in the Department of State's Office of United Nations Political Affairs. He was a fellow of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University during the 1973 - 74 academic year. In 1974 - 78 Mr. Palmer was the Director of Regional Affairs for the Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Bureau. He served concurrently as Staff Director of the National Security Council's Interdepartmental Group for that area. In 1979 he was assigned to the U.S. Mission in Geneva as Minister-Counselor for Humanitarian Affairs.

He graduated from Princeton University (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A.). He is married, has three children, and resides in Washington, D.C. He was born July 31, 1923, in Superior, Wis.

Appointment of Richard Norman Perle as Defense Department Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

November 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to appoint Richard Norman Perle to be the Department of Defense member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He would succeed David E. McGiffert.

Mr. Perle is currently Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Planning. Previously, he was professional staff member, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and a staff member, Subcommittee on Arms Control, in 1972 - 80. He was with Senator Henry M. Jackson (D - Wash.) in 1972, and was a member, professional staff, Senate Subcommittee on National Security and International Operations, in 1969 - 72. He was a consultant to the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in 1969 and was employed with the Westinghouse Electric Corp., 1967 - 69.

He graduated from the University of California (B.A., 1964) and Princeton University (M.A., 1967). He is married, has one son, and resides in Chevy Chase, Md. He was born September 16, 1941, in New York, N.Y.

Appointment of William H. Morris, Jr., as Commerce Department Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

November 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to appoint William H. Morris, Jr., to be the Department of Commerce member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He would succeed Herta L. Seidman.

Mr. Morris is currently Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development. Previously, he was president of William Morris and Associates, consultants in business management, government relations, and international marketing in 1980 - 81. In 1979 - 80 he was deputy commissioner of economic and community development for the State of Tennessee. Mr. Morris was executive vice president, Southern Supply Co., Jackson, Tenn., in 1977 - 79. He was with the Gooch-Edenton Wholesale Hardware Co., Jackson, Tenn., in 1950 - 76.

He attended the University of Tennessee. He is married, has two children, and resides in Nashville, Tenn. He was born January 5, 1929, in Memphis, Tenn.

Appointment of Aram Bakshian, Jr., as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Presidential Speechwriting Office

November 17, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of Aram Bakshian, Jr., to be Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Presidential Speechwriting Office.

Since February Mr. Bakshian has served as Special Assistant to the President in the Office of Public Liaison with responsibility for the arts, humanities, and academia.

A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Bakshian, 37, is an author, critic, and essayist, whose writing has been published in over 10 languages on historical, political, humorous, and cultural subjects. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including ``The War Game,'' ``The Candidates 1980,'' ``The Future Under President Reagan'' and, in German, ``Servus Du,'' the memoirs of Robert Stolz, Austria's last waltz and operetta master.

Besides his writing activities, Mr. Bakshian has served as a corporate consultant to leading American businesses and has occupied several political and governmental positions, serving as a consultant to Treasury Secretary William Simon in 1976 - 77, a speechwriter and aide to Presidents Nixon and Ford in 1972 - 75, a special assistant to the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1971, and an aide to Representative (later Senator) Bill Brock (R - Tenn.) in 1966 - 70.

Mr. Bakshian was educated in Washington public and private schools and in 1975 became a fellow of Harvard University's Institute of Politics. He is a member of the National Press Club in Washington and the Reform Club in London.

His writing has appeared in leading American and foreign newspapers and periodicals including Wall Street Journal, National Review, New York Times, Boston Globe, American Spectator, National Observer, the Washingtonian, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, History Today (England), Spectator (England), and many international editions of Reader's Digest. He was assistant editor of the 1980 Republican platform.

Appointment of Anthony R. Dolan as Special Assistant to the President and Chief Speechwriter

November 17, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of Anthony R. Dolan to be Special Assistant to the President and Chief Speechwriter at the White House.

Mr. Dolan graduated from Yale University (1970) where he was an editorial board member and columnist for the Yale Daily News. He was a deputy press secretary for Buckley for Senate (1970) and then served as a consultant on several political campaigns for F. Clifton White Associates. He has also served in the Office of Economic Opportunity, Executive Office of the President.

He was a reporter for the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate (1974 - 80). He won five journalism awards, including the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His investigations into government corruption and organized crime led to the dismissal or resignation of more than 12 city and State officials and a number of indictments and convictions.

Mr. Dolan served as a speechwriter and a special research director for the Reagan-Bush Committee and the office of the President-elect.

He was born in Norwalk, Conn., on July 7, 1948. For the past 7 months, Mr. Dolan has served as Acting Director of Speechwriting.