Nominations, April 26, 1982

Nomination of John N. McMahon To Be Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

April 26, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate John N. McMahon as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He would succeed Admiral B. R. Inman.

Mr. McMahon was graduated from Holy Cross College in 1951. In September 1951 he joined the Central Intelligence Agency and was assigned overseas in 1952. In 1959 Mr. McMahon was assigned to the U - 2 program and in 1965 was appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Special Projects. He was responsible for reconnaissance, research, development, and operations. In 1971 he was named Director, Office of Electronic Intelligence. In 1973 he was appointed Director of the Office of Technical Services. In 1974 Mr. McMahon was appointed Associate Deputy Director of the Directorate for Administration and in 1976 was named Associate Deputy to the Director of Central Intelligence for the Intelligence Community. He assumed the position of the Acting Deputy to the Director of Central Intelligence for the Intelligence Community in 1977. He was appointed Deputy Director for Operations in 1978 and served in that capacity until April 1981, when he was named Deputy Director for National Foreign Assessment. On January 4, 1982, Mr. McMahon was appointed Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Mr. McMahon holds two distinguished intelligence medals, the Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Certificate of Distinction, awarded by the Central Intelligence Agency. For his service with the Intelligence Community staff, he was awarded the Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

Mr. McMahon was born July 3, 1929, in East Norwalk, Conn. He is married and has four children ranging in age from 17 to 28.

Nomination of Two Members of the Panama Canal Commission

April 26, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate the following individuals to be members of the Panama Canal Commission.

Andrew E. Gibson would succeed John W. Clark. He is currently president of Delta Steamship Lines, Inc. He was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Domestic and International Business in 1969 - 1972. He graduated from Brown University (B.A., 1951) and New York University (M.B.A, 1959). He is married, has four children, and resides in Short Hills, N.J. He was born February 19, 1922.

William W. Watkin, Jr., would succeed Clifford Bradley O'Hara. He is retired executive director, Delaware River Port Authority of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was brigadier general, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in 1968 - 1972 and Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Affairs on the staff of Gen. Creighton Abrams in Vietnam in 1970 - 1972. He is married, has four children, and resides in Medford Lakes, N.J. He was born October 27, 1919.

In addition, William Sidell, a current member of the Board, has agreed to continue to serve as a member of the Board.

Nomination of Dortch Oldham To Be United States Commissioner General for Energy-Expo 82

April 26, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Dortch Oldham to be Commissioner General of the United States Government for Energy-Expo 82. He would succeed Charles E. Fraser.

He is currently serving as director of Nasco, Inc., a company he founded in 1960. He has been serving as director of Forrest Life and Successor Synercon Corp. since 1965. He has been director, executive committee, trust and investment committee, First American Bank, since 1969. He has also been serving as director, executive committee, First American Corp., since 1972. He was a member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on International Educational and Cultural Affairs in 1976 - 1978. He was president, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of the Southwestern Co. in 1960 - 1972.

He graduated from the University of Richmond (1941; Doctorate of Laws, 1974). He is married and has five children. He resides in Nashville, Tenn., and was born August 26, 1919.