Nominations & Appointments, February 1, 1983

Nomination of J. J. Simmons III To Be Under Secretary of the Interior

February 1, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate J. J. Simmons III to be Under Secretary of the Interior. He would succeed Donald P. Hodel.

Mr. Simmons is currently serving as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission. He was vice president for government relations for the Amerada Hess Corp., New York, N.Y., in 1970 - 1982. He was Administrator, Oil Import Administration, Department of the Interior, in 1969 - 1970; Deputy Administrator, Oil Import Administration, in 1968 - 1969; Assistant Director, Office of Oil and Gas, Department of the Interior, in 1961 - 1968; and vice president, secretary-treasurer, and geologist with Simmons Royalty Co., Muskogee, Okla., in 1949 - 1961.

He graduated from St. Louis University (B.S., 1949) and attended the University of Detroit. He is married, has five children, and resides in Washington, D.C. He was born March 26, 1925.

Appointment of Four Members of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation

February 1, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to be members of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation:

Crete B. Harvey is owner and operator of Harvey Arabian Farms in Sterling, Ill. His farming interest began in 1961 with the purchase of a horse farm, then expanded to include grain and livestock production. He was born on July 10, 1929, in Butte, Mont.

Samuel H. Hellenbrand is vice president of real estate operations of International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. and has held that position since 1971. He was vice president for real estate and industrial development for the Penn Central Corp. in 1968 - 1971. He was born November 11, 1916, in New York.

Frank W. Jenkins is an attorney in Ambler, Pa. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and serves on the board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. He was born May 8, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Ralph Thomas Kerchum is a transportation consultant in Oakland, Calif. He has also served with the National Park Service since 1955. He was born November 12, 1911, in Oakland.