April 2, 1985
The President today announced his intention to nominate Charles A. Gillespie, Jr., of California, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia. He would succeed Lewis Arthur Tambs.
Mr. Gillespie began his career in the Foreign Service as regional security officer at the American Embassy in Manila, Philippines, in 1965 - 1966. In 1966 - 1968 he served in the same capacity in Brussels, Belgium, and from there he was assigned to the U.S. NATO Mission as administrative officer in 1968 - 1970. Mr. Gillespie became a special assistant in the Bureau of Administration in 1970. In 1972 he went to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico as general services officer and served there until 1975, when he became a student at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. In 1976 - 1978 he served as administrative officer at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, and in 1978 returned to the Department to be Associate Director of Management Operations. In 1980 - 1981 he attended the National War College and in 1981 became executive assistant in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. From 1983 to the present, he has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Caribbean in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.
Mr. Gillespie was born March 22, 1935, in Long Beach, CA. He received his B.A. in 1958 from the University of California. His foreign languages are Spanish, French, and German. Mr. Gillespie is married to the former Vivian Havens, and they have two children.
Nomination of Clayton Yeutter To Be United States Trade Representative
April 2, 1985
The President today announced his intention to nominate Clayton Yeutter to be United States Trade Representative. He would succeed William E. Brock.
Since 1978 Mr. Yeutter has been president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Previously he was a senior partner in the law firm of Nelson, Harding, Yeutter & Leonard in Lincoln, NE, in 1977 - 1978. Mr. Yeutter was Deputy Special Trade Representative in 1975 - 1977. Prior to that time, he served at the Department of Agriculture as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs (1974 - 1975); Assistant Secretary for Marketing and Consumer Services (1973 - 1974); and Administrator, Consumer and Marketing Service (1970 - 1971). He was director of the University of Nebraska Mission in Colombia in 1968 - 1970 and executive assistant to the Governor of Nebraska in 1966 - 1968. He was a faculty member in the department of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska in 1960 - 1966. From 1957 until 1975, he operated a 2,500-acre farming-ranching-cattle feeding enterprise in central Nebraska.
Mr. Yeutter serves as a member of the boards of directors of ConAgra, Inc., the U.S. Meat Export Federation, the Japan America Society of Chicago, Inc., and the Chicago-Tokyo Bank. He is a member and immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the Chicago Association of Commerce & Industry and a member of the board of trustees of Winrock, Inc., in Morrilton, AR.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska (B.S., 1952; J.D., 1963; Ph.D., 1966). He is married, has four children, and resides in Hinsdale, IL. He was born December 10, 1930, in Eustis, NE.