Nominations, January 29, 1981

Nomination of Walter J. Stoessel, Jr., To Be an Under Secretary of State

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Walter J. Stoessel, Jr., as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Since 1976 Mr. Stoessel has served as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. From 1974 to 1976, he served as Ambassador to the U.S.S.R. From 1972 to 1974, Mr. Stoessel was Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs. He was Ambassador to Poland from 1968 to 1972.

From 1965 to 1968, Mr. Stoessel was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow from 1963 to 1965. He was a political officer in Paris from 1961 to 1963. From 1942 to 1961, Mr. Stoessel held a variety of diplomatic positions in Caracas, Moscow, Bad Nauheim, and Paris.

Mr. Stoessel is a graduate of Stanford University (1941). He is 60 years old.

Nomination of Richard T. Kennedy to be an Under Secretary of State

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Richard T. Kennedy as Under Secretary of State for Management.

Mr. Kennedy served as Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1975 to 1980. From 1969 to 1975, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Council Planning and was a senior member of the National Security Council staff. From 1964 to 1969, he served as Assistant Director, Deputy Director, and Director, Africa Region, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs. And from 1961 to 1963, he served as a staff officer in the office of the assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

During the transition, Mr. Kennedy served as the team leader for the Nuclear Regulatory Comission transition team of the office of the President-elect.

In 1941 Mr. Kennedy received his B.A. degree (economics) from the University of Rochester and in 1953 received his M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, retiring in 1971 as colonel.

Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Service to Military Families Committee of the American Red Cross (D.C. chapter), a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and a member of the International Advisory Committee, American Nuclear Society. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Secretary of the Army Commendation. He has written many articles about civil use of nuclear energy, the worldwide energy problem, and regulatory matters.

He was born on December 24, 1919, and resides with his wife, Jean, in the District of Columbia.

Nomination of James L. Buckley To Be an Under Secretary of State

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate James L. Buckley for Under Secretary of State for Coordination of Security Assistance Programs.

Mr. Buckley has been a private business consultant and corporate director since 1977. From 1971 to 1977, he served as U.S. Senator from New York and was on the Public Works Committee, Commerce Committee, Budget Committee, and the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy.

Before serving in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Buckley was actively engaged in business negotiations in a number of countries, in such areas as Southeast Asia, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Australia. In 1953 he was an officer and director of the Catawba Corp., a privately owned firm providing a variety of services to a group of oil and gas exploration companies operating primarily outside the United States. From 1949 to 1953, he practiced law with the Connecticut firm of Wiggin & Dana.

Mr. Buckley received his B.A. degree from Yale College in 1943 and his LL.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1949. He was an officer of the United States Naval Reserve and was honorably discharged from active duty with the rank of lieutenant in 1946.

Mr. Buckley is 57 years old and married to the former Ann Frances Cooley. They have five sons and one daughter and reside in Connecticut.

Nomination of Richard Fairbanks To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

January 29, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard Fairbanks as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations.

Mr. Fairbanks is a partner in the law firm of Beveridge, Fairbanks and Diamond. From 1969 to 1971, he was an associate with Arnold and Porter, and in the summer of 1968, he was with Covington and Burling.

From January to June 1971, Mr. Fairbanks served as special assistant to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], and from July 1971 to December 1972, he served as a staff assistant at EPA. From December 1972 to April 1974, he served as Associate Director, Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment at EPA, and from July 1971 to April 1974, he served on the President's Domestic Council. From 1974 to 1977, Mr. Fairbanks served as a member of President Ford's Citizens' Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality.

In 1962 Mr. Fairbanks received his A.B. degree from Yale University, and in 1969 he received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966.

Mr. Fairbanks has been admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a trustee of Meridian House International and a member of the Council on Natural Resources of the Republican National Committee. He is the founder of the American Refugee Committee of Washington, D.C.

He was born on February 10, 1941, in Indianapolis, Ind. He and his wife, Ann, have two children and reside in the District of Columbia.

 

Nomination of Robert C. McFarlane To Be Counselor of the Department of State

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Robert C. McFarlane as Counselor, Department of State.

Since 1979 Mr. McFarlane has been a member of the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He was a senior research fellow at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., in 1977 - 78.

In 1976 - 77 he was Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Mr. McFarlane was executive assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in 1975 - 76. From 1973 to 1975, he was military assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House. In 1971 - 72 he was a White House fellow and executive assistant to the Counsel to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Mr. McFarlane was a U.S. Marine officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and studied international relations at the Institut des Hautes Etudes in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Nation's highest peacetime military decoration.

Mr. McFarlane is married and has three children. He resides with his family in Bethesda, Md. He is 43 years old.

 

Nomination of M. Peter McPherson To Be Administrator of the Agency for International Development

January 29, 1981

The President announced today the nomination of M. Peter McPherson as Administrator of the Agency for International Development, United States International Development Cooperation Agency.

Mr. McPherson is serving as Acting White House Counsel and was the general counsel to the transition. Prior to that time, Mr. McPherson was a partner and head of the Washington office of the Ohio-based law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

He served as Special Assistant to President Ford and Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel in the Ford White House.

He was a tax law specialist for several years at the Internal Revenue Service, primarily working on international tax problems.

He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the middle sixties in Peru and at that time worked extensively with Food for Peace.

Previously he served on the presidentially appointed Board for International Food and Agriculture Development, an advisory committee on AID agriculture activities. He was also the chairman of the Latin American work group of the Joint Committee on Agriculture Development, an advisory group to AID on Latin American agricultural matters.

Mr. McPherson is married and has two sons.

 

Nomination of Joseph F. Wright, Jr., To Be Deputy Secretary of Commerce

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Joseph F. Wright, Jr., as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce.

Currently Mr. Wright is president of both Citicorp Retail Services and Retail Consumer Services, Inc., and manages a wholly owned subsidiary of Citicorp which consists of customer sales through 27 offices.

From 1971 to 1976, Mr. Wright served as Assistant Secretary of Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Director of the Social and Economic Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce, and Deputy Director of the Bureau of the Census. From 1966 to 1971, he was vice president and division head of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc., and was responsible for new products and marketing.

Mr. Wright received his B.S. degree from the Colorado School of Mines in 1961 and an M.B.A. from Yale University in 1964.

Mr. Wright is 42 years old and resides in New York City.

 

Nomination of Beryl W. Sprinkel To Be an Under Secretary of the Treasury

January 29, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Beryl W. Sprinkel as Under Secretary of Treasury for Monetary Policy.

Dr. Sprinkel has been executive vice president and economist at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, Ill., for 28 years. He heads the Economic Research Office and is a member of the bank's Management, Investment Guidance, Trust Investment, and Asset/Liability Committees.

In addition, Dr. Sprinkel is a publisher of Harris Economics, an economic and financial forecasting service. He is a member of TIME Magazine's Board of Economists, chairman of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association, and has also served as consultant to various government agencies and congressional committees.

Dr. Sprinkel received a B.S. degree in public administration from the University of Missouri, and M.B.A. and Ph. D. degrees in finance and economics from the University of Chicago. He also received a C.F.A. from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts and an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters, from DePaul University.

Dr. Sprinkel is the author of three books and has contributed many articles to business and professional journals. He is 57 years old and resides in Flossmoor, Ill.

 

Nomination of C. W. McMillan To Be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate C. W. McMillan as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Transportation Services.

Mr. McMillan has served as vice president, government affairs, of the National Cattlemen's Association since its formation through the merger of the American National Cattlemen's Association and the National Livestock Feeders in September 1977. Mr. McMillan had been executive vice president, Washington affairs, for the American National Cattlemen's Association since the Association opened its Washington office in 1970.

Prior to assuming the Washington post, he served for 11 years as ANCA's executive vice president in Denver, Colo. He was with the Swift and Co.'s Agricultural Research Department before joining the association.

Mr. McMillan was graduated from Colorado State University and served on the CSU resident faculty. Following service as a Navy lieutenant in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he returned to his native Colorado.

He is married and has three sons. He resides with his family in Alexandria, Va. Mr. McMillan was born February 9, 1926.

 

Nomination of Lee L. Verstandig To Be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Lee L. Verstandig as Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs, Department of Transportation.

Since 1977 Mr. Verstandig has served as administrative assistant and legislative director to U.S. Senator John H. Chafee. From 1970 to 1977, he was associate dean of academic affairs and dean for special studies at Brown University. Mr. Verstandig was a professor of history and political science at Roger Williams College from 1963 to 1970 and served as its department chairman from 1965 to 1967.

Mr. Verstandig received his B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College, his M.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, and his Ph. D. degree from Brown University.

Mr. Verstandig is the author of numerous articles and books on government, political history, education, and public policy. He has worked as a volunteer in many political campaigns, including the Reagan for President Committee.

Mr. Verstandig is 43 years old and resides in Washington, D.C.

 

Nomination of Raymond A. Peck, Jr., To Be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Raymond A. Peck, Jr., as Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation.

Since 1978 Mr. Peck has been vice president, director of regulatory affairs, National Coal Association, Washington, D.C. In 1977 - 78 he was a partner with Cotten, Day & Doyle law firm, specializing in energy and environmental litigation before Federal courts.

From 1975 to 1977, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy and Minerals, Department of the Interior. Mr. Peck was Director, Office of Energy Regulatory and Legislative Policy, Department of the Treasury in 1974 - 75. He was Environmental Counsel, Department of Commerce, from 1971 to 1974.

From 1964 to 1971, Mr. Peck was an associate in corporate litigation practice with the New York firms of Casey, Lane & Mittendorf and Norton, Sachs, Molineaux and Pastore.

Mr. Peck was graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. (1961). He was a Root-Tilden scholar at New York University School of Law (1964). He is a member of the New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia, and American Bar Associations.

Mr. Peck is married and has one daughter. He resides with his family in Washington, D.C. Mr. Peck was born on January 16, 1940.

 

Nomination of Ray A. Barnhart To Be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration

January 29, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Ray A. Barnhart as Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation.

Since May 1979 Mr. Barnhart has served as a commissioner, Texas Highways and Public Transportation Department. He was appointed to a 6-year term on the three-member commission by Governor William Clements. He is a member of the Texas Turnpike Authority, which is the State agency responsible for construction and operation of major toll facilities in the State. Mr. Barnhart is an insurance agent with the Barmore Insurance Agency in Pasadena, Tex.

Mr. Barnhart has been active in politics for a number of years and is a former member of the Pasadena City Council. He served in the Texas Legislature in 1973 and 1974. Mr. Barnhart is a former State chairman of the Texas Republican Party and also was chairman of the Harris County Republican Party. In 1976 he served as cochairman of the Reagan for President campaign in Texas, and was chairman of the Texas delegation to the 1976 Republican National Convention. In 1980 he was a member of the steering committee of the Reagan for President campaign.

Mr. Barnhart was graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio (B.A.), and received his M.A. from the University of Houston in Houston, Tex. He is married and has two children. Mr. Barnhart was born on January 12, 1928.

 

Appointment of Fred F. Fielding as Counsel to the President

January 29, 1981

The President announced today the appointment of Fred F. Fielding as Counsel to the President of the United States.

Mr. Fielding formerly served as Deputy Counsel to the President during the period 1970 to 1974. Prior to that time he was in the private practice of law in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1964 to 1970, with the firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. Since 1974 he has been a partner of that same firm in its Washington, D.C., office.

He also served as conflict of interest counsel to the Reagan-Bush transition group, as well as heading the transition team for the Office of Government Ethics and being a member of the White House transition team.

A native of Mechanicsville (Bucks County), Pa., Mr. Fielding is a graduate of Gettysburg College (A.B., 1961) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1964). He served 2 years active duty in the United States Army, being discharged with the rank of captain.

Mr. Fielding, 41, is a member of the D.C. and Pennsylvania bars and is admitted to practice before numerous Federal and State courts. He currently resides in Arlington, Va., with his wife, the former Maria Dugger of Columbia, Tenn., and their two children: Adam, 5, and Alexandra, 3.

 

Appointment of Edwin W. Thomas, Jr., as Assistant Counsellor to the President

January 29, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of Edwin W. Thomas, Jr., of San Diego, Calif., as Assistant Counsellor to the President.

Mr. Thomas was formerly associate director, Center for Criminal Justice Planning and Policy, at the University of California, San Diego. He previously served as executive secretary to the California Highway Commission and as project director of the International Development and Direct Relief Foundation of Santa Barbara, Calif.

During the Reagan administration in California, Mr. Thomas served as special assistant to the Governor, assistant cabinet secretary, and administrative officer to the cabinet. During 1967 and 1968, he worked actively on the implementation and coordination of the Governor's survey on efficiency and cost control.

Born in Braddock, Pa., Mr. Thomas, 50, is a graduate of San Jose State University, completing postgraduate work at the University of California, San Francisco.

Mr. Thomas is married to the former Gretchen Wilson of East Liverpool, Ohio. The couple has two sons.