Nominations & Appointments, February 4, 1981

Nomination of Seeley Lodwick To Be an Under Secretary of Agriculture

February 4, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Seeley Lodwick to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs. Mr. Lodwick recently served as codirector of the farm and food division of the Reagan-Bush Committee. He organized the agriculture sector in 50 States and worked closely with farm organizations and agricultural firms.

In 1979 - 80 he served as Iowa administrator for U.S. Senator Roger W. Jepsen, responsible for the operation of each of the Senator's six Iowa district offices and for maintaining liaison with various State organizations. His government responsibilities have included 7 years as an Iowa State senator. He was elected president pro tempore of that body during his last year of service. His 5 years with the Federal Government began with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Director of the Conservation and Land Use Division, later becoming Secretary of the Commodity Credit Corporation and leaving the Department after the election of 1976 as Associate Administrator of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. He also served as director of government relations in the Washington office of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Mr. Lodwick was appointed by Governor Robert Ray to the Iowa Agriculture Promotion Board and the Iowa Air Quality Commission. He served as a lieutenant in the First Marine Division during World War II. He is a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau, American Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Food and Agriculture Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Soil Conservation Society of America, Society of American Farm Managers, Society of Agricultural Consultants, Rotary, and others.

He and his wife, Pat, are both graduates of Iowa State University. They have three daughters, all of whom are college graduates and now married. Mr. Lodwick lives with his wife on a farm near Wever, Iowa. He is 60 years old.

Appointment of Stephen M. Studdert as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Advance Office

February 4, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of Stephen M. Studdert as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Advance Office.

Since 1977 Mr. Studdert has been an independent businessman in the areas of residential housing and land development in Utah. During the 1980 campaign he took leave from business interests to direct the press advance office and served as deputy press secretary with the Reagan-Bush Committee.

From 1975 to 1977, he was Staff Assistant to the President and a member of the press advance staff at the White House. Mr. Studdert was chief of police in Brigham City, Utah, in 1973 - 75. From 1971 to 1973, he served as coordinator of State police planning for the State of Utah.

Civic activities include being elected a member of the Bountiful City Council and Jaycee president. He received the distinguished service award as the Outstanding Young Community Leader in two separate communities. Mr. Studdert has served on many local advisory commissions.

Mr. Studdert has been an active participant in Republican Party politics, including serving as a political consultant to the speaker of the Utah house of representatives and field advance coordinator to Vice-Presidential nominee Robert Dole in 1976.

Mr. Studdert is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He was a lecturer at Weber State College in 1973-75. He has been listed in Outstanding Young Men of America for 5 consecutive years. He is listed in Who's Who in the West and was named one of three Outstanding Young Men in Utah. He received the outstanding service award from the U.S. Indian Health Service for his work with Indian youth.

Mr. Studdert is married to the former Bonnie Beck, and they have six children. He lives with his family in Bountiful, Utah. Mr. Studdert is 33 years old.

Appointment of Robert B. Carleson as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development

February 4, 1981

The President announced today the appointment of Robert B. Carleson as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development.

Mr. Carleson will be responsible for assisting in the formulation and coordination of plans to implement one of the President's major goals, the return of authority and responsibility for various programs from the Federal to State and local levels of government. He will report to Edwin J. Gray, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Policy Development.

Until his appointment, Mr. Carleson served as president of Robert B. Carleson and Associates, a management and public policy consulting firm which he founded in 1975.

From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Carleson served as U.S. Commissioner of Welfare. From 1971 to 1973, he was director of the California Department of Social Welfare, where he directed the design and implementation of then Governor Reagan's model welfare reform program.

From 1968 to 1971, he served as chief deputy director of the California Department of Public Works. From 1960 to 1968, Mr. Carleson was city manager of first, San Dimas and then Pico Rivera, Calif. From 1956 to 1960, he worked for the cities of Beverly Hills, Claremont, and Torrance, Calif.

Mr. Carleson attended the University of Utah and graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree (and postgraduate work) in public administration. He served as an officer in the Navy during and after the Korean war, attached to the First Marine Division.

A second generation Californian, Mr. Carleson has three children living in California.