Nominations, Appointments & Designations, March 8, 1985

Nomination of Donald J. Devine To Be Director of the Office of Personnel Management

March 8, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Donald J. Devine to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of 4 years. This is a reappointment.

Dr. Devine has served as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management since 1981. He was given the United Negro College Fund's Humanitarian Award for his efforts in conducting the Government's annual charity drive, the Combined Federal Campaign. An award given by AMVETS recognized his efforts on behalf of veterans employed as civilian government employees. The District of Columbia Rehabilitation Association presented him with their Employer of the Year Award in 1984 in recognition of the fact that OPM hired the largest number of handicapped individuals of any Federal Agency or private sector firm in the Washington area during 1983. A former professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland (1967 - 1981), Dr. Devine has authored a number of books, including The Political Culture of the United States; The Attentive Public; Does Freedom Work?; and most recently Reagan Electionomics, 1976 - 1984. In 1978 he was the Republican nominee for State comptroller of Maryland.

Dr. Devine graduated from St. John's University (B.B.A., 1959), City University of New York (M.A., 1965), and Syracuse University (Ph.D., 1967). He is married, has four children, and resides in Wheaton, MD. He was born April 14, 1937, in Bronxville, NY.

Appointment of Warren B. French, Jr., as a Member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

March 8, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Warren B. French, Jr., to be a member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He would succeed Robert H. Snedaker, Jr.

Mr. French is currently chairman of the United States Telephone Association and president of the Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. He is also vice chairman, National Exchange Carrier Association; director and past president of Virginia Exchange Carrier Association; director of Southern Net, Inc.; director and chairman of the board of SouthernTel of Virginia, Inc.; and director of the First National Bank of Strasburg.

Mr. French graduated from the University of Virginia (B.S., 1947). He is married, has three children, and resides in Edinburg, VA. He was born April 14, 1923, in Woodstock, VA.

Nomination of Jacob Neusner To Be a Member of the National Council on the Arts

March 8, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Jacob Neusner to be a member of the National Council on the Arts, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, for a term expiring September 3, 1990. He would succeed Jessie A. Woods.

Mr. Neusner has been at Brown University since 1968, serving as a professor of religious studies, university professor, and Ungerleider Distinguished Scholar of Judaic Studies (since 1982). Previously, he was assistant professor (1964 - 1966) and associate professor (1966 - 1968); research associate at Brandeis University (1962 - 1964); and assistant professor of Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin (1961 - 1962).

Mr. Neusner graduated from Harvard College (A.B., 1954) and Columbia University (Ph.D., 1960). He is married, has four children, and resides in Providence, RI. He was born July 28, 1932, in Hartford, CT.

Designation of Paul E. Thornbrugh as United States Commissioner on the Kansas-Oklahoma-Arkansas River Commission

March 8, 1985

The President today announced his intention to designate Paul E. Thornbrugh as United States Commissioner on the Kansas-Oklahoma-Arkansas River Commission. He would succeed Richard W. Soudriette.

Mr. Thornbrugh has been corporate coordinator for governmental affairs for MAPCO since 1966. Previously he was division manager for tax, insurance, and claims with Phillips Petroleum Co. in Wichita, KS.

Mr. Thornbrugh attended the University of Kansas and Tulsa University. He is married, has four children, and resides in Tulsa, OK. He was born April 15, 1921, in Olathe, KS.