Nominations & Appointments, April 10, 1981

Nomination of Thomas Patrick Melady To Be an Assistant Secretary of Education

April 10, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas Patrick Melady to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

Since 1976 Dr. Melady has been president of Sacred Heart University where he is also a professor of political science. He has been serving as chairman of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges.

He served previously as Ambassador to Burundi and to Uganda. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. Dr. Melady was executive vice president of St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pa., prior to his position at Sacred Heart University. He was chairman of the department of Asian studies and nonwestern civilization at Seton Hall University.

Dr. Melady is a member of the board of directors of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the International League of Human Rights, and the International Institute of Connecticut.

Dr. Melady was graduated from Duquesne University (B.A.) and Catholic University of America (M.A., Ph. D.).

Born in Norwich, Conn., on March 4, 1927, Dr. Melady is married and has two children. He resides with his family in Fairfield, Conn.

Appointment of Anna C. Chennault as a Member and Vice Chairman of the President's Export Council

April 10, 1981

The President today announced his intention to appoint Anna C. Chennault as a member and Vice Chairman of the President's Export Council.

Mrs. Chennault began her career as a war correspondent for the Central News Agency in 1944 - 48 and became their special Washington correspondent in 1965, a position she still holds today. She was a feature writer with Hsin Ming Daily News in Shanghai in 1944 - 49; with the Civil Air Transport in Taipai, Taiwan, in 1946 - 57 and served as public relations officer in 1947 - 57. In 1958 - 63 she was chief, Chinese section, machine translation research, Georgetown University. In 1963 - 66 Mrs. Chennault was a broadcaster for Voice of America and U.S. correspondent for Hsin Shen Daily News in Washington. She became vice president of the Flying Tiger Line, Inc., in 1968. She currently serves as president, TAC International of Washington, D.C.

She is the author of ``Chennault and the Flying Tigers; Way of a Fighter,'' 1949, and ``A Thousand Springs,'' 1962.

Mrs. Chennault has been very active in the Republican Party, serving as chairman of the National Republican Heritage Council, member of the Republican Finance Committee and , since 1960, has served as the committeewoman for the Washington, D.C., Republican Party.

Mrs. Chennault was graduated from Ling Nan University, Hong Kong (B.A., 1944); Lincoln University (LL.D.).

She is a widow and has two children. She resides in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Chennault was born in Peking, China, on June 23, 1925.

Appointments to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

April 10, 1981

The President today announced the following appointments to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs:

Alan F. Holmer to be Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy to Richard S. Williamson, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs. Formerly he was an attorney with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. From 1972 to 1978, Mr. Holmer was administrative assistant to Senator Bob Packwood (R-Oreg.). During the 1980 primaries, he was an adviser to the Reagan campaign on natural resource issues and was a volunteer in Oregon during the 1980 general election campaign. Mr. Holmer was graduated from Princeton University Law Center (J.D., 1978). He is married and has one child. Mr. Holmer resides in McLean, Va.

Judy F. Peachee to be Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, with management responsibilities for liaison with State legislatures. In addition, she will be responsible for working with State and local officials to eliminate sex discrimination in State laws. From 1978 to 1981, she was special assistant for State affairs for Senator John W. Warner (R-Va.) and from 1974 to 1977, was appointments secretary to Governor Mills E. Goodwin, Jr. (R-Va.) and staff liaison to the Virginia Commission on the Status of Women. She served from 1976 to 1980 as Virginia's Republican national committeewoman. Mrs. Peachee attended Madison College in Harrisonburg, Va., and graduated from St. Lukes Hospital School of Technology. She has three children and resides in Richmond, Va.

James M. Medas to be Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, with responsibilities including maintaining liaison with Governors and other statewide elected officials. He was formerly chief of staff for the California State Senate minority leader and a practicing attorney in Los Angeles. Mr. Medas is a graduate of Miami University (B.A., 1965) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1968). In 1980 he served as director of voter activities in California for the Reagan-Bush campaign and the California Republican Party.

J. Steven Rhodes to be Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, with management responsibility for liaison with city and county officials. From 1973 to 1981, Mr. Rhodes was associated with Dart Industries, Inc., in Los Angeles, most recently as director of government and public affairs. He was graduated from Loyola Marymount University (B.A., 1973) and Pepperdine University (M.B.A., 1977). Mr. Rhodes was born in New Orleans, La. He is married and has one child.

Penny L. Eastman to be special assistant to Richard S. Williamson, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, with responsibilities including work relating to the Regulatory Relief Task Force. Most recently, Ms. Eastman was employed by the law firm of Winston & Strawn. From 1973 to 1978, she was a congressional aide to Representatives Larry Winn (R-Kans.), William H. Hudnut III (R-Ind.), and Philip M. Crane (R-Ill.). During the primary and general election campaign, she was an assistant to the campaign chairman, Senator Paul Laxalt. She attended high school and college in the Washington, D.C., area. Ms. Eastman was born in Washington, D.C., and currently resides in Falls Church, Va.

Susan Hawkes to be deputy to James M. Medas, Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs. She was previously an attorney with the law firm of Patmont & Myers in San Francisco. Recently she served as counsel to the senior policy advisor for intergovernmental affairs in the Office of the President-elect. Ms. Hawkes is a graduate of Mills College (B.A., 1976) and Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D., 1980). She was born in Washington, D.C., and is currently a resident of Arlington, Va.

Eve Baskowitz to be deputy to J. Steven Rhodes, Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs. Formerly Miss Baskowitz was employed in the Washington office of the law firm of Winston & Strawn. During the 1980 Presidential election campaign, she was coordinator of the business advisory task force. She graduated from Sweet Briar College. Miss Baskowitz was born in St. Louis, Mo., and resides in Alexandria, Va.

Robert R. Gleason, Jr. to be deputy to Judy F. Peachee, Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs. He was formerly executive assistant to the cochairman of the Republican National Committee and from 1971 to 1976, was assistant to the executive director of the National Association of Trade & Technical Schools. He was site coordinator for the 1980 Republican election night activities in Washington, D.C., and was transportation coordinator for the 1980 Republican National Convention. A graduate of Tri-State College, Indiana (B.S., 1969), Mr. Gleason is married and has lived in Washington, D.C., for 11 years. He was born in Jersey City, N.J.