Nominations, April 30, 1981

Nomination of Charles H. Dean, Jr., To Be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Designation as Chairman

April 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Charles H. Dean, Jr., to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term of 9 years, expiring May 5, 1990, to succeed Robert N. Clement, whose term is expiring May 18, 1981. Upon confirmation the President intends to designate Mr. Dean as Chairman to succeed Simon David Freeman.

Since 1959 Mr. Dean has held various engineering and administrative positions with the Knoxville Utilities Board. He has served as general manager since 1971. In 1977 he was president of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association and director of the American Public Power Association in 1977 - 80. In 1951 - 59 Mr. Dean was factory representative with the Knoxville Fertilizer Co.

Mr. Dean is a licensed professional engineer and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 3 years and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 10 years as commanding officer of the 6th Engineers. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., 1947).

Mr. Dean is married, has three children, and resides in Knoxville, Tenn. He was born in Knoxville on October 22, 1925.

Nomination of James G. Stearns To Be Director of the Office of Alcohol Fuels

April 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate James G. Stearns to be Director of the Office of Alcohol Fuels, Department of Energy.

Mr. Stearns was appointed secretary of the Agriculture and Services Agency and a member of the Governor's cabinet in 1972 by Governor Ronald Reagan. Prior to his appointment as a cabinet officer, Mr. Stearns served as director of the State Department of Conservation. Mr. Stearns served as county supervisor for Modoc County in 1951 - 67. In 1965 he served as president of the Supervisors Association of California, following terms as president of the Northern California County Supervisors Association and the western regional district of the National Association of Counties. Mr. Stearns was member and vice chairman of the California Klamath River Compact Commission.

Mr. Stearns attended Oregon State University, leaving to enter World War II service as a flight instructor. He holds a commercial pilot's license. In connection with his farming operations near Tule Lake, Calif., he flew for a crop-dusting firm.

Mr. Stearns is married, has three children, and resides in Reno, Nev. He was born in Lapine, Oreg., on January 29, 1922.

Nomination of Francis Stephen Ruddy To Be an Assistant Administrator of the Agency for International Development

April 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Francis Stephen Ruddy to be Assistant Administrator of the Agency for International Development (African Affairs), United States International Development Cooperation Agency.

Since 1978 Dr. Ruddy has been counsel, Exxon Corp., in Houston, Tex. He has been associated with Exxon since 1974. In 1973 - 74 Dr. Ruddy was Deputy General Counsel and Congressional Liaison, United States Information Agency (USIA). He was senior Attorney with the Office of Telecommunications Policy, Executive Office of the President, in 1972 - 73. In 1969 - 72 Dr. Ruddy was Assistant General Counsel at USIA.

Dr. Ruddy was graduated from Holy Cross College (A.B., 1959), Loyola University (LL.B., 1965), New York University (LL.M., 1967) and Cambridge University (Ph. D., 1969).

Dr. Ruddy is married, has three children, and resides in Houston, Tex. He was born in New York City on September 15, 1937.

Nomination of Edward L. Rowny To Be Special Representative for Arms Control and Disarmament Negotiations

April 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Edward L. Rowny to be Special Representative for Arms Control and Disarmament Negotiations. General Rowny will serve as the Chief Negotiator and head of the U.S. Delegation for Arms Control Negotiations. The President also announced his intention to nominate General Rowny to have the rank of Ambassador while serving in this capacity.

Lieutenant General Rowny was born in Baltimore, Md., on April 3, 1917. He was graduated from Johns Hopkins University (B.S., 1937) and entered the United States Military Academy, graduating as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1941.

During World War II he served as company commander and later as Operations Officer of the 41st Engineer Regiment in Liberia, Africa. In 1942 he was a member of the cadre of the 92d Infantry Division, Fort McClellan, Ala., where he served as Assistant Division G3 Operations Officer and later as commander of the 317th Engineer Combat Battalion. He commanded an infantry battalion and subsequently a regimental task force of the 92d Division in Italy.

In 1945 - 47 General Rowny served with the Operations Division of the War Department General Staff in Washington, D.C. In 1947 he attended Yale University, where in 1949 he received two masters degrees. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Far East Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, as a planning officer.

In the early stages of the Korean conflict, he helped plan the Inchon invasion and acted as official spokesman for Geneal MacArthur. During the final stages he commanded the 38th Infantry. Altogether, he fought in seven Korean campaigns.

In 1952 General Rowny was assigned to the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga. He then became Chief of the Advanced Tactics Group and later Assistant Director of the Tactical Department.

He attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., in 1955, and in July was assigned to SHAPE in France. There he served as Secretary of the Joint Staff for Generals Cruenther and Norstad. In 1959 he became the Army member of the Chairman's Staff Group, Joint Chiefs of Staff, a position he held until 1961. General Rowny was the Assistant Division Commander of the 82d Airborne Division in 1961 - 62.

In 1962 he was sent to Vietnam, where he established the Army Concept Team, charged with testing and evaluating new Army concepts for counterinsurgency operations. In 1963 he returned to the United States to serve as the Special Assistant for Tactical Mobility as a deputy to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development, Department of the Army.

In 1965 General Rowny assumed command of the 24th Infantry Division, Augsburg, Germany. In 1966 he became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army, Heidelberg, Germany. In 1968 - 69 he was Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. In 1969 he assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Research and Development in Washington. In 1970 he assumed command of I Corps, Camp Red Cloud, Korea, a position he held until 1971. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1970.

In 1971 General Rowny was assigned as the Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. He established and chaired the Mutual Balance Force Reductions Group. General Rowny was the Joint Chiefs of Staff representative for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks in 1973 - 79. He retired from the Army on June 30, 1979.

General Rowny was awarded a doctor of philosophy degree in International Studies by the American University in 1977. He is currently a fellow at the Wilson Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Nomination of Robert P. Nimmo To Be Administrator of Veterans Affairs

April 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert P. Nimmo to be Administrator of Veterans Affairs.

Since 1976 Mr. Nimmo has served as a member of the California State Senate. He was a member of the California State Assembly in 1973 - 76. Mr. Nimmo served on the Senate rules, finance, agriculture, and revenue and taxation committees. In 1970 - 73 he was appointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan to serve as United States property and fiscal officer for the State of California, with responsibility for receipt and accounting for all Federal property and Federal funds furnished the State of California for support of the Army and Air National Guard. Mr. Nimmo was employed by the California State Military Department in various military assignments in 1955 - 70. Previously he was engaged in livestock raising and grain farming in Terrebonne, Oreg.

In 1950 - 52 Mr. Nimmo served as Company Commander, 161st Ordnance Company, and in 1943 - 46 served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During that time he was with the 8th U.S. Air Force in England. He recently retired with the rank of colonel.

Mr. Nimmo was graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in 1964. He is an active Republican and was honorary chairman of the Reagan for President Committee in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., in 1980.

Mr. Nimmo is married, has three children, and resides in Atascadero, Calif. He was born in Balboa, Calif., on February 5, 1922.