Nominations, March 3, 1981

Nomination of Paul A. Vander Myde To Be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Paul A. Vander Myde to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Congressional Affairs).

Since 1977 Mr. Vander Myde has served as Republican staff director, Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives. In 1973 - 77 he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture (Conservation, Research and Education). Mr. Vander Myde was a staff member at the White House in 1977 - 73. He served as legislative assistant to Senator Bob Packwood (R-Oreg.) in 1969 - 71. He was congressional fellow with Representative George Bush (R-Tex.) and Senator Bob Packwood in 1968 - 69. He was a staff assistant with the National Security Agency in 1962 - 68.

Mr. Vander Myde was graduated from the University of Minnesota (B.A., 1959) and the University of Iowa (M.A., 1966). He was a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1959 - 61. Mr. Vander Myde is married and resides in Alexandria, Va. He was born in Estherville, Iowa, on February 9, 1937.

Nomination of Lawrence J. Brady To Be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Lawrence J. Brady to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Trade Administration).

In 1980 Mr. Brady was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. He was also director of the New Hampshire Coalition for Peace Through Strength. From October 1974 to January 1980, he was Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Export Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1971 - 74 Mr. Brady was senior staff member and special advisor for congressional relations with the Council on International Economic Policy at the White House.

In 1970 - 71 he was senior international economist, Office of International Trade, Department of State. Mr. Brady was minority counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Separation of Powers in 1967 - 70. He previously worked as a legislative aide to the Senate Minority Secretary. He was a staff assistant with Senator Norris Cotton in 1958 - 63.

Mr. Brady received his Ph. D. in international affairs and economics from Catholic University. He is married and has three children. He resides with his family in Bedford, N.H. Mr. Brady was born in Berlin, N.H., on April 22, 1939.

Nomination of Richard D. DeLauer To Be an Under Secretary of Defense

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard D. DeLauer to be Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Since 1970 Dr. DeLauer served as executive vice president of TRW, Inc. He was vice president and general manager of TRW Systems Group in 1968 - 71. Dr. DeLauer was vice president and general manager of the systems engineering and integration division in 1965 - 68. In 1963 - 65 Dr. DeLauer was director of ballistic missile program management, and in 1960 - 62 he was director of the Titan program office at TRW. In 1959 - 60 he was director of the vehicle development laboratory.

Dr. DeLauer was an aeronautical engineering officer in the U.S. Navy in 1943 - 58.

He is a member of the Defense Science Board and is a member of the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.

Dr. DeLauer was graduated from Stanford University (A.B., 1940); U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (B.S., 1949); California Institute of Technology (A.E., 1950; Ph. D., 1953).

Dr. DeLauer resides in Los Angeles, Calif. He was born in Oakland, Calif., on September 26, 1918.

Nomination of William C. Clohan, Jr., To Be Under Secretary of Education

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate William C. Clohan, Jr., to be Under Secretary of Education.

Mr. Clohan is minority education counsel to the Education and Labor Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. He was formerly chief legislative assistant to two Members of Congress and an independent research and writing contractor.

As minority education counsel, Mr. Clohan had primary responsiblility for issues concerning child nutrition, School Lunch program, Community Schools program, education innovation and support, Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and many others.

He was graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S., 1970); George Washington University (M.S.A., 1972); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1976). He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Clohan is married and resides in Washington, D.C. He was born in Martinsburg, W. Va., on July 29, 1948.

Nomination of Dorcas R. Hardy To Be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Dorcas R. Hardy to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (Human Development Services).

Miss Hardy is currently associate director of the University of Southern California's Center for Health Services Research. The multidisciplinary research center addresses economic, social, and health policy issues.

In 1974 she was a health consultant with Media-Mark, Inc., specializing in the study of intergovernmental effectiveness of services for children. From January 1973 to April 1974, Miss Hardy was assistant secretary of health for the State of California. From 1971 to 1973, she was executive director of the Health Services Industry Committee of the Cost of Living Council.

Miss Hardy received a B.A. degree in 1968 from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University in 1976. She resides in Washington, D.C., and was born in Newark, N.J., on July 18, 1946.

Nomination of John J. Knapp To Be General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate John J. Knapp to be General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Since 1971 Mr. Knapp has worked as chief legal officer for National Kinney Corp., a publicly held corporation engaged in building maintenance, construction, parking lot ownership, and housing development.

Prior to joining Kinney, Mr. Knapp was assistant secretary of Textron, Inc., and an associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, in New York.

Mr. Knapp received his B.S. in 1958 from Manhattan College and his J.D. degree in 1961 from Fordham Law School. He is married with two children and resides in Garden City, N.Y. Mr. Knapp was born September 15, 1934.

Nomination of James R. Harris To Be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

March 3, 1981

The President today aonnounced his intention to nominate James R. Harris to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior.

In 1980 Mr. Harris was reelected to a second term in the Indiana State Senate. He served on and chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Agriculture. He also served as ranking majority member of the Senate Standing Committee on Elections and Apportionment and as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance.

He served as chairman of a 2-year Interim Study Committee on Surface Mining, charged with the responsibility for drafting surface mining legislation to bring Indiana into compliance with the 1977 Federal Surface Mining Act. From 1978 to 1979 Mr. Harris chaired the Natural Resources Advisory Committee, a statutory legislative oversight committee for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

A certified professional geologist and former surface mine superintendent, Mr. Harris serves as Indiana's legislative representative to a 10-State interstate task force on more successful utilization of high sulphur coal.

Mr. Harris served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1973 - 74. He was president and co-owner, Elberfeld Telephone Co., Inc., in 1969 - 74. In 1967 - 68 he was superintendent of the J.R. Coal Co. in Warrick County, Ind. Mr. Harris was a consulting geologist with the firm of Norrick & Harris in 1957 - 68.

He was graduated from the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School (1955) and served on board the U.S.S. Rehoboth. He was also a student at Indiana University (A.B., 1951) and Evansville College (1947 - 49).

Mr. Harris is married and has four children. He resides with his family in Evansville, Ind. He is 51 years old.

Nomination of Robert F. Burford To Be Director of the Bureau of Land Management

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert F. Burford to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

In 1974 Mr. Burford was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. He was reelected to that office in 1976 and 1978. In 1979 - 80 he was elected to the office of the speaker.

Mr. Burford is a member of the Bureau of Land Management Grazing Advisory Board in Colorado. He is a member of the Colorado and National Cattleman's Association and the Colorado Farm Bureau.

Mr. Burford served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He attended the Colorado School of Mines.

He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., on February 5, 1923.

Nomination of Myer Rashish To Be an Under Secretary of State

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Myer Rashish to be Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.

Mr. Rashish has been a private economist since 1963. He has served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and was elected Chairman in 1980. From 1967 to 1971, Mr. Rashish was a consultant to the Joint Economic Committee. From 1961 to 1963, he served as an Assistant to the President for International Trade Policy.

Mr. Rashish has also served as special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, secretary of President-elect Kennedy's Task Force on Foreign Economic Policy and the Task Force on the Balance of Payments. In 1956 - 60 he was chief economist and staff director of the Subcommittee on Foreign Trade Policy and the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Rashish received his B.A. degree in 1941 from Harvard University and an M.A. degree in economics in 1947. He is married and has three children. Mr. Rashish was born in Cambridge, Mass., on November 10, 1924.

Nomination of Robert D. Hormats To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert D. Hormats to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Economic Affairs).

Mr. Hormats is currently the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. From 1977 to 1979, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. Mr. Hormats also served on the National Security Council from 1974 to 1977 as a senior staff member for international economic affairs. From 1973 to 1974, he was an international affairs fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and guest scholar of the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Hormats received his B.A. degree from Tufts University in 1965 and an M.A., M.A.L.D., and Ph. D. from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Mr. Hormats resides in Chevy Chase, Md., and was born April 13, 1943, in Baltimore, Md.

Nomination of Chester Crocker To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Chester Crocker to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).

Since 1976 Dr. Crocker has been director of the African studies program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University. Since 1977 he has been associate professor of international relations, and in 1972 - 77 Dr. Crocker was assistant professor of international relations. In 1972 - 78 he was director, master of science in the foreign service program. In 1970 - 72 Dr. Crocker was staff officer (Africa, Middle East, and Indian Ocean), National Security Council.

He was graduated from Ohio State University (B.A., 1958) and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A., 1965; Ph. D., 1969).

Dr. Crocker is a resident of Washington, D.C. He was born in New York City on October 29, 1941.

Nomination of John H. Holdridge To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate John H. Holdridge to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).

Since 1978 Mr. Holdridge has served with the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1975 - 78 he was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. Mr. Holdridge was Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Liaison Office in Peking, in 1973 - 75. In 1969 - 73 he served as Director of the Office of Research Analysis (East Asia), Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State. He was Deputy Director of that office in 1966 - 68. Mr. Holdridge was chief, political section, Hong Kong, in 1962 - 69 and chief, political section, Office of Chinese Affairs, East Asia Bureau, in 1958 - 62.

He was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy (B.S., 1945). Mr. Holdridge resides in Bethesda, Md. He was born in New York City on August 24, 1924.

Nomination of Nicholas A. Veliotes To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Nicholas A. Veliotes to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs).

Mr. Veliotes is a Career Minister. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, Department of State, in 1977 - 78. In 1976 - 77 he was Deputy Director, Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant for Employee-Management Relations, Bureau of Personnel, in 1975 - 76.

Mr. Veliotes was Deputy Chief of Mission in Tel Aviv in 1973 - 75; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State in 1970 - 73; international relations officer, African regional affairs; chief, political section in Vientiane in 1966 - 69; political officer in New Delhi in 1964-66; foreign affairs officer, Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs in 1962 - 64; international relations officer, executive secretariat staff; economic/general services officer in Rome in 1957 - 60; and consular/administrative officer in Naples in 1955 - 57.

Mr. Veliotes was graduated from the University of California (B.A., 1952; M.A., 1954). He resides in Amman, Jordan, and was born in Oakland, Calif., on October 28, 1928.

Nomination of Roger W. Mehle, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Roger W. Mehle, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Domestic Finance).

In 1979 Mr. Mehle joined the firm of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. as senior vice president and member of the board of directors to head the firm's public finance department. He was chosen as chairman of the municipal finance committee of the Securities Industry Association and elected to the SIA board of directors and executive committee. He began employment with the First Boston Corp. in its professional training program in 1969. After completion of the training program, he joined the public finance department and was named cohead of the department in 1975. In 1976 Mr. Mehle was elected to the board of directors of the First Boston Corp. and in 1978 was named senior vice president of that firm.

Mr. Mehle was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., 1963) and attended night courses at New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (M.A., 1972) and at Fordham University School of Law (LL.B., 1976).

He served in the U.S. Navy in 1965 - 69. He is a member of the New York and American Bar Associations. He is a resident of New York City and was born in Long Beach, Calif., on December 28, 1941.

Nomination of John A. Svahn To Be Commissioner of Social Security

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate John A. Svahn to be Commissioner of Social Security, Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Svahn is currently a private consultant specializing in public policy management problems.

From 1976 to 1979, Mr. Svahn was manager of government services for Deloitte Haskins & Sells, serving as a specialist in investigating Medicaid, welfare, and social services programs. In 1975 and 1976, he served as Administrator of the U.S. Social and Rehabilitation Service. In 1975 he directed the U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement. Mr. Svahn has also served as Deputy Administrator, U.S. Social and Rehabilitation Service; Commissioner, Assistance Payments Administration; Acting Commissioner, Community Services Administration; and chief deputy director and director of the California Department of Social Welfare.

Mr. Svahn received a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1966. He is married, with two children, and resides in Severna Park, Md. Mr. Svahn was born in New London, Conn., on May 13, 1943.

Nomination of Philip F. Johnson To Be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Designation as Chairman

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Philip F. Johnson to be Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Upon confirmation the President intends to designate Mr. Johnson as Chairman for the term expiring April 13, 1984.

Mr. Johnson is a partner with the firm of Kirkland & Ellis of Chicago, Ill., where he has specialized in the Commodity Exchange Act and its regulations for 15 years. Mr. Johnson has been a speaker and a panelist at seminars and conferences on the Commodity Exchange Act sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, the Bureau of National Affairs, the American Law Institute, the Futures Industry Association, the Chicago Board of Trade, the American Bar Association, and other groups. He has served as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Advisory Committee on the Definition and Regulation of Market Instruments and is a member of the CFTC Advisory Committee on State Jurisdiction and Responsibilities.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the governing council of the American Bar Association's Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law, the ABA's largest professional group, and has served as chairman of the ABA's Committee on Commodities Regulation since its creation in 1976.

Mr. Johnson has authored many articles on the Commodity Exchange Act. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the commodity industry's national trade association, the Futures Industry Association.

Mr. Johnson was graduated from Indiana University (A.B., 1959) and Yale Law School (LL.B., 1962). He resides in Chicago, Ill., and is 42 years old.

Nomination of J. Lynn Helms To Be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

March 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate J. Lynn Helms to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation.

Mr. Helms retired in 1980 as chairman of the board of Piper Aircraft Corp., having been elected to that post in September 1978. He served as president of Piper from July 1974 to September 1978 and as chief executive officer from July 1974 to September 1979.

Previously Mr. Helms was group vice president of the Bendix Corp. and president of the Norden Division of United Technologies.

In 1980 he served as chairman of the board of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Mr. Helms is active in many other aviation-related organizations. He is a member of the State of Arkansas National Advisory Board, a fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics Association, a director of the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He was elected to the Pioneers Club for being the first aviator to exceed 1,000 mph in combat aircraft. Mr. Helms is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Graduate Business School and the Industrial College in Washington, D.C. He was selected for the General James H. Doolittle award and trophy in September 1980.

Mr. Helms has logged well over 10,000 hours of flight time and holds an active commercial certificate. He continues to log nearly 350 hours annually.

Born in DeQueen, Ark., on March 1, 1925, Mr. Helms attended Oklahoma University. During World War II, he completed U.S. Navy flight training and entered the U.S. Marine Corps. He resides in Westport, Conn.