Nominations & Appointments, May 18, 1981

Nomination of Harry N. Walters To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

May 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Harry N. Walters to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

Since 1977 Mr. Walters has been president and chief executive officer of Potsdam Paper Corp., Potsdam, N.Y. In 1976 - 77 he was a management consultant with Howard Paper Mills, Inc., Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Walters was executive vice president of Standard Paper Manufacturing Co., Richmond, Va., in 1975 - 76. He previously held positions with the Kimberly Clark Corp. in Neenah, Wis., and New York City. In 1959 - 63 he served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Walters was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1959. He is married, has two children, and resides in Hannawa Falls, N.Y. He was born on June 4, 1936.

Nomination of George A. Sawyer To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy

May 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate George A. Sawyer to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Shipbuilding and Logistics).

Since 1976 Mr. Sawyer has been president and chief executive officer of John J. McMullen Associates, Inc. In 1969 - 76 he was with Bechtel, Inc., of San Francisco, Calif. He served as environmental systems manager in the Scientific Development Department in 1969 - 71; manager of Business Development in 1971 - 75; and manager of Eastern Operations and vice president of International Bechtel, Inc., in 1975 - 76.

In 1967 - 69 Mr. Sawyer was manager of Marine Systems, Batelle Memorial Institute, Richland, Wash. He was manager, Marine Systems, NUS Corp., in 1965 - 67. And in 1963 - 65 he was nuclear power coordinator of Marine Projects with Babcock & Wilcox. In 1953 - 62 he was a submarine engineer officer in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Sawyer was graduated from Yale University and studied nuclear engineering at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in Schenectady, N.Y. He is a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Mr. Sawyer resides in Red Bank, N.J. He was born in New York City on April 20, 1931.

Nomination of Nora Walsh Hussey To Be Superintendent of the United States Mint at Denver

May 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Nora Walsh Hussey to be Superintendent of the Mint of the United States, Department of the Treasury, at Denver.

Since 1952 Mrs. Hussey has been manager of Hussey Trucking Co. of Sturgis, S. Dak. She serves on the board of directors of the Black Hills Fine Arts Council and was South Dakota chairman of the Reagan-Bush Committee during the 1980 Presidential campaign. She has also served as Republican National Committeewoman for South Dakota. Mrs. Hussey was named Outstanding Republican Woman in South Dakota in 1980.

Mrs. Hussey attended New York University and Amherst College. She is married and resides in Sturgis, S. Dak. She was born in New York City on March 25, 1915.

Nomination of James B. Conkling To Be an Associate Director of the International Communication Agency

May 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate James B. Conkling to be Associate Director of the International Communication Agency (Broadcasting).

Since 1978 Mr. Conkling has been president of BEI Productions, Inc., a subsidiary of Bonneville International Corp. BEI Productions specializes in the development of motion picture and television concepts. He has been director of Bonneville International Corp. since 1965. BEI, Inc. has advised China Record Co. of Beijing in the development of recording equipment.

In 1975 - 77 Mr. Conkling was producer of a major traveling musical play ``Threads of Glory,'' a Bicentennial production. He was co-founder and vice president of the Raymar Book Co., Inc., Monrovia, Calif., in 1970 - 80. In 1968 - 74 he constructed, owned, and operated a winter/summer resort in California. Mr. Conkling was a performing member of the King Family singers in 1965 - 68. In 1961 - 65 he was president of the International Educational Broadcasting Corp. and was founder and president of Warner Brothers Records, Inc., in 1958 - 61. He was one of the original six founders of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and was its first national chairman. He was president of Columbia Records in1951 - 56, and vice president of Capitol Records in 1942 - 51.

Mr. Conkling was graduated from Dartmouth College (1936) and the University of Pennsylvania (1938). He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1942 - 43.

Mr. Conkling is married, has five children, and resides in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was born on March 1, 1915, in East Orange, N.J.

Nomination of Jan W. Mares To Be an Assistant Secretary of Energy

May 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Jan W. Mares to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy).

Since 1963 Mr. Mares has held various positions with the Union Carbide Corp. Since 1979 he has been vice president and general manager of the Ethylene Oxide Derivatives Division. He was operations manager, Ethylene Oxide Derivatives and Industrial Chemicals Departments in 1976 - 79; business financial task force manager, Hydrocarbons Department, in 1977 - 78; business manager, OPEC program, Hydrocarbons Department, in 1973 - 75; chief international counsel, Law Department, in 1972 - 73; European, African, and Middle Eastern area attorney, Law Department, in 1968 - 72; assistant international attorney in 1966 - 67; and attorney in 1963 - 66. Mr. Mares is also director, Energy Resources Co., Inc., an energy and environmental services and technology development company.

Mr. Mares graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1958; LL.B., 1963) and MIT (1960).

Mr. Mares is married, has two children, and resides in New Canaan, Conn. He was born December 12, 1936, in St. Louis, Mo.

Appointment of Robert N. Broadbent as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation

May 18, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of Robert N. Broadbent to be Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior.

Mr. Broadbent is currently a Federal bankruptcy trustee. Previously he was a pharmacist in 1950 - 75. Since 1968 he has served as an elected member of the board of county commissioners, Clark County, Nev. In 1959 - 68 he was mayor and member of the Boulder City Council.

He was graduated from Idaho State University (B.S., 1950). He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1945 - 46.

Mr. Broadbent is married, has four children, and resides in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born June 19, 1926, in Ely, Nev.

Nomination of Ronald DeWayne Palmer To Be United States Ambassador to Malaysia

May 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Ronald DeWayne Palmer, of Maryland, as Ambassador to Malaysia.

Mr. Palmer entered the Foreign Service in 1957 as intelligence research specialist in the Department of State. In 1959 - 60 he attended Indonesian language training at the Foreign Service Institute. He was economic officer in Djakarta (1960 - 62) and in Kuala Lumpur (1962 - 63). In the Department, he was Foreign Affairs Officer (1963 - 64) and staff assistant (1964 - 65). He was cultural attache in Copenhagen, on detail to the International Communication Agency in 1965 - 67, and was faculty member at the United States Military Academy in 1967 - 70. He was international relations officer in the Department in 1975 - 76. In 1976 - 78 he was Ambassador to the Republic of Togo. In the Department, he has been Director of Foreign Service Career Development and Assignments (1978 - 79), and since 1979 he has been Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel. He speaks Indonesian, French, and Danish.

Mr. Palmer was born May 22, 1932, in Uniontown, Pa. He graduated from Howard University (B.A., 1955) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1957). He is married to the former Euna Scott, and they have two children.