Nominations & Appointments, November 4, 1983

Nomination of Samuel W. Speck, Jr., To Be an Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

November 4, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Samuel W. Speck, Jr., to be an Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (State and Local Programs and Support). He would succeed Lee M. Thomas.

Since 1977 Mr. Speck has served as State senator for the 20th district of Ohio and serves as Republican whip of the Ohio Senate. He is a member of the Finance and Education and Retirement Committees and is former chairman of the Energy, Natural Resources and Environment Committee. He is also an associate professor of political science at Muskingum College and serves as a member of the American Political Science Association and as a fellow of the African Studies Association.

He graduated from Muskingum College (1959) and Harvard University (M.A., 1963; Ph. D., 1968). He is married, has two sons, and resides in New Concord, Ohio. He was born January 31, 1937, in Canton, Ohio.

Appointment of Jean Hails as a Member of the President's Advisory Committee on Women's Business Ownership

November 4, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint Jean Hails to be a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Women's Business Ownership. This is a new position.

Since 1981 she has been owner, chief executive officer, and treasurer of The Hails Companies, Inc., in Roswell, Ga. She was vice president, treasurer, and comptroller in 1970 - 1981. She was founding and charter member of the Georgia Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.

She is married, has six children, and resides in Roswell, Ga. She was born April 23, 1940, in Princeton, Ala.

Nomination of William E. Seale To Be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

November 4, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate William E. Seale to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 1988. He would succeed James M. Stone.

Mr. Seale was vice president of government relations for Commodity Exchange, Inc., in New York City, in 1979 - 1983. Previously he was legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Walter D. Huddleston in 1975 - 1979 and in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky in 1970 - 1975.

He is the author of several publications on agriculture. He graduated from the University of Kentucky (A.B., 1963; M.S., 1969; Ph. D., 1975). He is married, has three children, and resides in McLean, Va. He was born February 10, 1941, in Lynchburg, Va.

Nomination of Robert Francis Kane To Be United States Ambassador to Ireland

November 4, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint Robert Francis Kane, of California, to be United States Ambassador to Ireland. He would succeed Peter H. Dailey, who is resigning to return to private business.

The President also announced that Ambassador Peter Dailey, who helped organize the administration's public diplomacy effort on European arms control and security issues earlier this year, will continue to advise the administration on these issues.

Mr. Kane has been in the private practice of law as a senior director in the firm of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, Wagner, and Kane in Redwood City, Calif., since 1979. On October 7, 1983, President Reagan nominated Mr. Kane to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. From 1971 until 1979, he served as a Justice on the California Court of Appeal, to which he was appointed on April 2, 1971, by Governor Reagan and thereafter elected in 1974. Governor Reagan appointed Mr. Kane to be a Superior Court Judge, San Mateo County, on November 27, 1968, and he was elected for a 6-year term in June of 1970. From 1952 until 1969, Mr. Kane was an attorney in private practice in San Francisco (1952 - 1955) and Redwood City (1955 - 1969). In 1978 Mr. Kane was the recipient of the St. Thomas More Award and in 1979 of the Principal Award for Public Address Category by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Kane received his A.A. degree from San Mateo Junior College in 1948 and attended the University of Southern California. In 1952 he earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. From 1944 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy. He is married to the former Mary Catherine Galligan, and they have five children and reside in San Mateo. Mr. Kane was born March 15, 1926, in Denver, Colo.