Nominations, August 4, 1982

Nomination of James Malone Rentschler To Be United States Ambassador to Malta

August 4, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate James Malone Rentschler to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malta. He would succeed Joan Margaret Clark, who is serving as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel, Department of State.

Mr. Rentschler served in the United States Army Security Agency from 1955 to 1958. He was a mortgage and title examiner at Berks Title Association in Reading, Pa., from 1958 to 1959. He entered the Foreign Service in 1959 with the International Communication Agency (formerly the United States Information Agency) as assistant cultural attache in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He was branch public affairs officer in Fez, Morocco (1961 - 1963), public affairs officer in Ouagadougou (1963 - 1965), and was on detail to the Johns Hopkins European Center in Bologna (1965 - 1966). He was press attache and acting public affairs counselor at USNATO in Paris and Brussels (1966 - 1969), deputy cultural attache in Paris (1969 - 1971), and Embassy counselor for press and cultural affairs in Bucharest (1971 - 1974). From 1974 to 1975, he attended the Executive Seminar in National and International Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute, and was Senior Foreign Service Inspector at the Agency from 1975 to 1976. From 1976 to 1978, he was Embassy counselor for public affairs in Rabat. Since 1978 he has been senior staff member of the National Security Council at the White House.

Mr. Rentschler was born October 16, 1933, in Rochester, Minn. In 1954 he received a certificate from the University of Paris, and graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1955) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1966). His foreign languages are French, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian.

Nomination of Dennis M. Devaney To Be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board

August 4, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Dennis M. Devaney to be a member of the Merit Systems Protection Board for a term expiring March 1, 1988. He would succeed Ronald P. Wertheim.

He is in the private practice of law in Washington, D.C. He was counsel for the Food Marketing Institute in Washington, D.C., in 1977 - 1979. He was assistant general counsel, U.S. Brewers Association, Washington, D.C., in 1975 - 1977. While in law school, Mr. Devaney was a law clerk at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., and at the law firm of Donelan, Cleary, Wood and Maser, Washington, D.C. He was also a legislative assistant in the Maryland General Assembly at that time.

Mr. Devaney graduated from the University of Maryland (B.A., 1968; M.A., 1970) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1975). He is married, has two children, and resides in Columbia, Md. He was born February 25, 1946.