Nominations, November 18, 1981

Nomination of William J. Bennett To Be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

November 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate William J. Bennett to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities. He would succeed Joseph D. Duffey.

Since 1979 Dr. Bennett has been president and director of the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, N.C. He is also an adjunct associate professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and at North Carolina State University (Raleigh). He was executive director of the National Humanities Center in 1976 - 79. Previously he was assistant to the president and assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, Boston University, in 1972 - 76. He has taught law and philosophy at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Texas, Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, and Boston University.

Dr. Bennett has written a number of articles in professional journals such as the Harvard Civil Rights and Stanford Law Review, and for major news magazines on subjects pertaining to social issues. He is a trustee of the Institute for Educational Affairs and the Committee for a Free World, a member of the National Research Council of the National Science Foundation and a special panel of the National Academy of Education.

He graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. (B.A., 1965); the University of Texas, Austin, Tex. (Ph. D., 1967); and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1971). He resides in Chapel Hill, N.C., and was born July 31, 1943.

Nomination of Danny Lee McDonald To Be a Member of the Federal Election Commission

November 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Danny Lee McDonald to be a member of the Federal Election Commission for a term expiring April 30, 1987. He would succeed Robert O. Tiernan.

Since 1979 Mr. McDonald has been general administrator, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, responsible for the management of 10 regulatory divisions. He was secretary of the Tulsa County Election Board in 1974 - 79 and a member of the Federal Elections Commission Advisory Panel to the Federal Election Commission Clearinghouse. Mr. McDonald was clerk chief, Tulsa County Election Board, in 1979.

He graduated from Oklahoma State University (B.A., 1971) and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He resides in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born August 26, 1946, in Tulsa, Okla.