Nominations, April 9, 1981

Nomination of Kenneth Albert Gilles To Be Administrator of the Federal Grain Inspection Service

April 9, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Kenneth Albert Gilles to be Administrator of the Federal Grain Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture.

Since 1961 Dr. Gilles has been associated with the North Dakota State University. In 1961 - 70 he was professor and chairman, Department of Cereal Technology; vice president for agricultural affairs since 1969; acting director, Cooperative Extension Service in 1972 - 74; acting director, Agricultural Experiment Station in 1978 - 79.

Previously Dr. Gilles served as a senior biochemist with General Mills, Inc., and a research engineer with the Pillsbury Co.

He was editor-in-chief of Cereal Chemistry; president of the American Association of Cereal Chemists; chairman of the Great Plains Agricultural Council; and chairman of the legislative committee for USDA budget, division of agriculture, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 publications. In August 1979 he was selected to address the Wheat Chemistry and Technology Seminar in Tokyo, sponsored by the American Association of Cereal Chemists, the Japan Flour Millers Association, and the Canadian and Australian Wheat Boards.

Dr. Gilles was graduated from the University of Minnesota (B.S., Ph. D.). He is married, has two children, and resides in Fargo, N. Dak. He was born in Minnesota, Minn., on March 6, 1922.

Nomination of Harold V. Hunter To Be Administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration

April 9, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Harold V. Hunter to be Administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration, Department of Agriculture, for a term of 10 years.

Mr. Hunter has been owner and operator of HVH Farms in Waukomis, Okla. He was chairman of the national board of directors of the American Polled Hereford Association in 1972 and was a member of the board in 1969 - 74. In 1972 Mr. Hunter was United States delegate to the World Hereford Congress, Union of South Africa. He was president of the Oklahoma Polled Hereford Association for four terms.

Since 1965 Mr. Hunter has served on the board of directors of the Waukomis State Bank. He was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1962 - 69 and served as Republican assistant floor leader. In 1969 - 77 he was Oklahoma State executive director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. In 1973 Mr. Hunter was a Department of State team member to the Government Wheat Stabilization Program in Afghanistan.

Mr. Hunter is married, has two children, and resides in Waukomis, Okla. He was born in Waukomis on August 14, 1917.

Nomination of Michael J. Fenello To Be Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

April 9, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Michael J. Fenello to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation.

Since 1943 Mr. Fenello has held various positions with Eastern Airlines. He was a pilot with Eastern in 1943 and 1946 - 63. In 1963 Mr. Fenello joined Eastern Airlines management as assistant operations manager in New York. He was director of administration flight operations in Miami, Fla., in 1963 - 68. Mr. Fenello was division vice president, operations coordination, and assistant to the vice president of the operations group in 1968 - 72. In 1972 - 76 he was vice president of operational control. In 1976 - 81 he was vice president of systems operations and safety. He is currently retired.

Mr. Fenello has flown over 12,000 hours. While an active pilot, he served as master chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, and on ALPA national committees. He is responsible for the development of the present Eastern Control Center.

Mr. Fenello was graduated from Buffalo State College (B.S., 1938) and New York University (M.A., 1941). He attended U.S. Navy Flight School in 1943. He was also a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II in 1943 - 46.

Mr. Fenello is married, has three daughters, and resides with his family in Eustis, Fla. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on January 22, 1916.

Nomination of Jean Tufts To Be an Assistant Secretary of Education

April 9, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Jean Tufts to be Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.

Mrs. Tufts has served as president of the National School Boards Association since 1980 and has been on the board of directors of that organization since 1970. She was a member of the New Hampshire State Board of Education in 1970 - 75 and also served on the New Hampshire Library Commission. Mrs. Tufts has been a consultant, preschool programs for the handicapped, New Hampshire State Department of Education.

In 1974 - 79 Mrs. Tufts was executive director, Rehabilitation Center, Portsmouth, N.H. She was senior project officer, New England Program in Teacher Education, in 1973 - 79; and executive director, Greater Manchester Child Care Association.

Mrs. Tufts was principal of Rockingham School for Special Children in 1961 - 70. She has been involved in other national, State, and local services, including the Council of Exceptional Children; delegate to the National Conference on Children and Youth in 1972 - 73; and the Governor's Task Force on Education, Special Education, in 1970.

Mrs. Tufts was graduated from Boston University (B.S., 1945; M.A., 1963). She is married, has four children, and resides with her family in Exeter, N.H. She was born in Melrose, Mass., on October 7, 1927.

Nomination of George A. Conn To Be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration

April 9, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate George A. Conn to be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education.

Mr. Conn has worked with the Paralyzed Veterans of America since 1979. From March 1979 to March 1980, he was national research director and recently served as national legislative director of the organization. In 1978 he was a self-employed consultant with the Design and Engineering Section of General Services Administration at the National Institutes of Health on structural remediation of the Lister Hill Bio-Medical Communication Systems Center. Mr. Conn was Special Assistant to the Executive Director and Director of Planning, White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals, in 1975 - 77. He was Director, Office of Public Information, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1972 - 75. In 1963 - 66 he was assistant director of public relations, Morton Salt Co., Chicago, Ill.

Mr. Conn was a member of the RSA task force on implementation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; special sections on the Office on Handicapped Individuals, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. He was a member of the recreation subcommittee of the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.

Mr. Conn has served as president of the League of Disabled Voters and vice president of the National Paraplegia Foundation. He was graduated from Northwestern University, School of Speech (B.S., 1955). He is married and has four children. He resides with his family in Millersville, Md. He was born in Evanston, Ill., on April 24, 1933.