Nominations, April 6, 1984

Nomination of Robert S. Cooper To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

April 6, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert S. Cooper to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Technology). This is a new position.

Mr. Cooper is currently Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Department of Defense. Previously, he was vice president for engineering, Satellite Business Systems, Inc. (1979 - 1981); Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1975 - 1979); Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Department of Defense (1972 - 1975); staff member, group leader, and division director at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (1968 - 1972); and assistant professor of electrical engineering at MIT, and staff member in the Research Laboratory for Electronics (1963 - 1968).

Mr. Cooper graduated from the University of Iowa (B.S.E.E.), Ohio State University (M.S.E.E.), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (D.Sc.). He resides in McLean, VA, and was born February 8, 1932, in Kansas City, MO.

Nomination of James H. Webb, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

April 6, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate James H. Webb, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs). This is a new position.

Mr. Webb is an author and journalist; he recently wrote ``A Country Such as This,'' which has been nominated for the Pulitzer and Pen-Faulkner awards. He was assistant minority counsel to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in the U.S. Congress in 1977 - 1978. In 1979 he became the first visiting writer at the United States Naval Academy. He returned to the Congress in 1979 to become the chief minority counsel for the Veterans Affairs Committee. Since 1981 he has been a full-time writer.

Mr. Webb graduated from the United States Naval Academy (B.A., 1968) and from the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1975). He is married, has three children, and resides in Arlington, VA. He was born February 9, 1946, in St. Joseph, MO.

Nomination of Donald Ian Macdonald To Be Administrator of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration

April 6, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate Donald Ian Macdonald to be Administrator of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. He would succeed William E. Mayer.

Since 1962 Dr. Macdonald has been a pediatrician in Clearwater, FL. Previously, he was a clinical associate professor of pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of South Florida (1980); and president, Scientific Advisory Board, American Council for Drug Education (1981). Dr. Macdonald is president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Florida Pediatric Society.

Dr. Macdonald graduated from Williams College (B.A., 1952) and Temple University School of Medicine (M.D., 1958). He is married, has four children, and resides in Pinellas, FL. He was born April 15, 1931, in New York, NY.