Nominations, February 13,1981

Nomination of Edward N. Brandt, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

February 13, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Edward N. Brandt, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (for Health). It is the President's intention to see that this position is elevated to Under Secretary of Health in accordance with a reorganization plan that will be announced later.

Dr. Brandt has been vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of Texas since 1977. Prior to that, he was executive dean of the University of Texas medical branch at Galveston, Tex., and was affiliated with that school from 1970 to 1977. From 1962 to 1970, Dr. Brandt was at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, first as director of the Medical Research Computer Center and later as associate dean. Dr. Brandt has also served since 1970 as a professor in the departments of preventive medicine and family medicine at the University of Texas.

Dr. Brandt has been active in various committees of the American Medical Association and the American Association of Medical Colleges. He is currently chairman of the AMA's section on medical schools. He is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians' Commission on Legislation and Governmental Affairs.

He was graduated from the University of Oklahoma (B.S., 1954), Oklahoma State University (M.S., 1955), and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center (M.D., 1960; Ph. D., 1963).

Dr. Brandt is married and has three children. He resides with his family in Austin, Tex. Dr. Brandt was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on July 3, 1933.

Nomination of Donald J. Devine To Be Director of the Office of Personnel Management

February 13, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Donald J. Devine to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of 4 years.

Dr. Devine was the transition team leader for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and related personnel agencies of the Federal Government within the office of the President-elect. He has been as associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland since 1967. During the 1980 Presidential campaign, Dr. Devine was a regional political director of the Reagan-Bush Committee. He also served as Maryland State chairman, deputy director of political planning and analysis, and coordinator for Delaware and the District of Columbia. In 1978 Dr. Devine was the Republican nominee for State Comptroller of Maryland.

Dr. Devine has been active in Republican Party politics for many years. He is the author of many publications and articles.

He was graduated from St. John's University (B.B.A., 1959), City University of New York (M.A., 1965), and Syracuse University (Ph. D., 1967).

Dr. Devine is married and has four children. He resides with his family in Wheaton, Md. Dr. Devine is 43.

Nomination of Loret M. Ruppe To Be Director of the Peace Corps

February 13, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Loret M. Ruppe to be Director of the Peace Corps, ACTION.

Recently Mrs. Ruppe served as chairman of the Vice President-elect's inaugural reception. From August 1980 to November 1980, she served as cochairman of the Reagan-Bush Committee of Michigan. She was previously chairman of the George Bush for President campaign in Michigan from November 1979 to May 1980.

Mrs. Ruppe has spent most of her life in volunteer efforts. She has traveled extensively and shared ideals with past Peace Corps volunteers in many countries. She is a member of the International Neighbors Club IV and attended the Conference on Africa held in England in 1978.

Mrs. Ruppe attended Marymount College and Marquette University. She is married to former U.S. Representative Philip Ruppe and has five children. She lives with her family in Potomac, Md. She was born on January 3, 1936.