Appointment of Three Members of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

March 2, 1981

The President today announced the appointments of William J. Baroody, Jr., and Robert A. Mosbacher to be private members of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Smithsonian Institution). He also announced that James A. Baker III, White House Chief of Staff, will be the goverment member of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Baroody is president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He served as executive vice president of AEI in 1977 - 78. In 1973 - 74 Mr. Baroody was Special Assistant to the President, and later, Assistant to the President in 1974 - 76. From 1969 to 1973, he served as assistant to the Secretary of Defense. From 1961 to 1968, he was legislative assistant and press secretary to Representative Melvin Laird. Mr. Baroody was graduated from Holy Cross College (A.B., 1959). He served in the U.S. Navy in 1959 - 61. He is married and has nine children. He resides with his family in Alexandria, Va. He was born in Manchester, N.H., on November 5, 1937.

Mr. Mosbacher has been an independent oil and gas producer since 1948, serving as chairman and chief executive officer of Mosbacher Production Co. of Houston, Tex. He has served as director or chairman of the following groups: the Texas Heart Institute, the Mid-Continental Oil and Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petroleum Council, the American Petroleum Landmen, and the All American Wildcatters Association. He has served as national finance chairman of the George Bush for President Committee, 1980, and the President Ford Committee in 1976. Mr. Mosbacher was graduated from Washington and Lee University (B.S., 1947). He is married and has four children. He resides in Houston, Tex. Mr. Mosbacher was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., on March 11, 1927.

Mr. Baker is Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff. He was previously with the firm of Andrews, Kurth, Campbell and Jones of Houston, Tex. In 1975 - 76 he was Under Secretary of Commerce. In May 1976 Mr. Baker was appointed deputy chairman for delegate operations of the President Ford Committee. In August 1976 he became chairman. Mr. Baker was the Republican nominee for attorney general of Texas in 1978. In 1979 - 80 he was chairman of the George Bush for President Committee. During the 1980 general election campaign, he acted as senior adviser to the Reagan-Bush Committee. In 1977 President Ford appointed Mr. Baker to serve a 5 - year term on the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was graduated from Princeton Unitversity (B.A., 1952) and the University of Texas Law School (J.D., 1957). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952 - 54. Mr. Baker is married and has eight children. He resides with his family in Washington, D.C. He was born in Houston, Tex., on April 28, 1930.