Nominations, June 25, 1981

Nomination of James E. Burnett, Jr., To Be a Member and the Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board

June 25, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate James E. Burnett, Jr., of Arkansas, to be a member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 1985, vice Elwood Driver. He also announced his intention to nominate Mr. Burnett to be Chairman of the Board for a term of 2 years, to succeed James B. King.

Mr. Burnett is a practicing attorney and serves as Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. He has been a juvenile judge, Van Buren County, since 1973 and city judge, Damascus, Ark., since 1979. He was the youngest judge in the State of Arkansas when elected.

Mr. Burnett is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Conference of Special Court Judges. He graduated from the University of Arkansas (B.A., J.D.).

Mr. Burnett resides in Clinton, Ark. He was born September 20, 1947.

Nomination of Henry E. Thomas IV To Be an Assistant Secretary of Energy

June 25, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Henry E. Thomas IV to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (International Affairs).

Mr. Thomas is currently Director, Standards and Regulations Division, Air, Noise and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency. Previously Mr. Thomas was Senior Policy Officer, Radiation, Hazardous Materials, Noise Resource Recovery, at EPA in 1973 - 75. He was Director, Compliance and Enforcement, Cost of Living Council, Executive Office of the President, in 1971 - 73.

Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (B.A., 1959) and the University of New Mexico (M.A., 1970).

Mr. Thomas is married, has one child, and resides in Alexandria, Va. He was born October 15, 1937, in Charlotte, N.C.

Nomination of Lee M. Thomas To Be an Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

June 25, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Lee M. Thomas to be an Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (State and Local Programs and Support).

Since 1980 Mr. Thomas has been director, Division of Public Safety, Governor's Office, South Carolina. He was an independent consultant in 1978 - 80; director, Office of Criminal Justice, Governor's Office, South Carolina, in 1972 - 78; research analyst, South Carolina Department of Corrections, in 1970 - 71; and probation officer, Richland County, South Carolina, in 1968 - 70.

Mr. Thomas graduated from the University of the South (B.A.) and the University of South Carolina (M.E.D.). He has two children and resides in Ridgeway, S.C. He was born June 13, 1944, in South Carolina.

Nomination of Robert N. Smith To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

June 25, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert N. Smith to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).

Since 1954 Dr. Smith has been a practicing anesthesiologist with the Katchka, Friedman, Crider Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. He was Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) in 1976 - 78.

Dr. Smith served as Chairman of the Department of Defense Health Council; Chairman, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Board of Governors; member, National Advisory Mental Health Council; and member, National Advisory Council on Aging.

Dr. Smith graduated from the United States Military Academy (B.S., 1943), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., 1945), and the University of Nebraska (M.D., 1952). He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1943 - 48.

Dr. Smith is married, has six children, and resides in Toledo, Ohio. He was born April 2, 1920, in Toledo, Ohio.