Appointments, October 31, 1983

Appointment of Robert B. Sims as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs

October 31, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint Robert B. Sims to be Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs. He will succeed Leslie A. Janka.

Since June 3, 1983, he has been serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Public Affairs on the National Security Council. A Navy public affairs specialist, Captain Sims was a senior research fellow at the National Defense University before joining the NSC staff in May 1982. He was Deputy Chief of Information for the Navy Department in 1978 - 1981 and Special Assistant for Public Affairs to the Secretary of the Navy in 1974 - 1978.

Captain Sims has worked as a daily newspaper reporter for the Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tenn., and as a weekly newspaper editor and publisher. His writings include ``The Pentagon Reporters,'' a book to be published this year.

He has a bachelor of arts degree from Union University and masters degrees in journalism and in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He was a Rotary Foundation fellow studying international relations at the University of Sydney, Australia, and is a graduate of the National War College.

He is married, has four children, and resides in McLean, Va. He was born November 26, 1934, in Tennessee.

Appointment of David H. Welch as a Member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board

October 31, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint David H. Welch to be a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board for a term expiring December 3, 1984. He will succeed Mason Harry Rose V.

Mr. Welch is an attorney engaged in the private practice of law in the St. Louis, Mo., area. He is director of the Missouri Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and is former vice chairman of the National Network of Learning Disabled Adults. He was a cofounder of St. Louis Young Adults with Learning Disabilities.

He graduated from Westminster College (B.A.) and the University of Tulsa, College of Law (J.D.). Mr. Welch was born August 18, 1953, in St. Louis, Mo., and now resides in St. Ann, Mo.