Nominations & Appointments, April 4, 1985

Nomination of Edward A. Curran To Be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

April 4, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Edward A. Curran to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, for a term of 4 years. He would succeed William J. Bennett.

Mr. Curran has been serving as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps since 1982. Previously he was Director of the National Institute of Education at the Department of Education in 1981 - 1982. He was an Associate Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House in 1981. He served on the education transition team, office of the President-elect, in 1980 - 1981. Mr. Curran was headmaster of the National Cathedral School, Washington, DC, in 1968 - 1980.

In 1957 - 1968 he was employed by St. John's School of Houston, TX, as a teacher and dean of student affairs. In 1960 he established schools for children of American national employees in Ecuador, Argentina, and Bolivia for Tennessee Gas Transmission Corp. In 1955 - 1957 he taught at Englewood School for Boys, Englewood, NJ, and acted as chairman of the lower school.

He graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1955) and Duke University (M.A.T., 1968). He is married, has two children, and resides in Bethesda, MD. He was born August 22, 1933, in North Adams, MA.

Nomination of Sheldon J. Krys To Be United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago

April 4, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Sheldon J. Krys, of Maryland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He would succeed Melvin Herbert Evans.

Mr. Krys began his career in radio/TV and public relations in 1955 - 1961. He was with KRSD radio station in South Dakota, WWDC in Washington, DC, and WGAY in Maryland. He was the owner and the director of Chris Seldon Public Relations.

He began his government career with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, DC, as consultant to the Director of Public Affairs in 1961 - 1962. He came to the Department of State in 1962 as education and cultural affairs officer and in 1965 went to London as management officer. He served in that capacity until he became an international relations officer in London in 1967 - 1969. He returned to Washington and served as personnel officer in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs in 1969 - 1970. In 1970 - 1974 he was Director of Personnel for Latin America and in October 1972 became a Foreign Service officer. In 1974 he went to Belgrade as administrative counselor and served there until he was assigned to the National War College in 1976. In 1977 he became a Foreign Service inspector. In 1979 - 1983 Mr. Krys was Executive Director of the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs. He became Principal Deputy Director for Management Operations in 1983, where he served until 1984 when he became Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management.

Mr. Krys attended the University of Maryland and National War College. His foreign languages are French and Serbo-Croatian. He is married to the former Doris Marie de Hemptinne, and they have three children. He was born June 15, 1934, in New York, NY.

Nomination of John C. Lawn To Be Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration

April 4, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate John C. Lawn to be Administrator of Drug Enforcement, Department of Justice. He would succeed Francis M. Mullen, Jr.

Since 1982 Mr. Lawn has been serving as Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration at the Department of Justice. Previously he was Acting Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was special agent in charge of the FBI office in San Antonio, TX, in 1980 - 1982; section chief of the FBI headquarters in 1979 - 1980; assistant special agent in charge in the FBI office in Kansas City, MO, in 1977 - 1979; and supervisor at FBI headquarters in 1973 - 1977. He received the Law Enforcement Award given by the Association of Federal Investigators in 1983.

He graduated from St. Francis College of Brooklyn (B.A., 1957) and St. John's University (M.A., 1964). He is married, has four children, and resides in Fairfax Station, VA. He was born June 2, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY.

Appointment of Albert R. Brashear as Deputy Press Secretary for Domestic Affairs and Special Assistant to the President

April 4, 1985

The President today appointed Albert R. (Rusty) Brashear to be Deputy Press Secretary for Domestic Affairs and Special Assistant to the President. He will succeed Max Marlin Fitzwater.

In 1984 - 1985 he served as assistant to the Secretary and Director of Public Affairs at the Department of the Interior. For a brief period following that, he was Director of Public Affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency.

He was Press Director for the Environmental Protection Agency in 1982 - 1984 and press secretary to Congressman Robin Beard in 1979 - 1983. He was executive assistant to the president of the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN, in 1977 - 1979. He served as director of alumni programs at the University of Tennessee in 1975 - 1977 and news director for WBIR - TV - AM - FM in Knoxville, TN, in 1970 - 1974.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee (B.A., 1971). He is married, has two children, and resides in Alexandria, VA. He was born October 17, 1942, in Kingsport, TN.

Appointment of Dale A. Petroskey as Assistant Press Secretary

April 4, 1985

Dale A. Petroskey will become Assistant Press Secretary in the Office of the Press Secretary. He will succeed C. Anson Franklin. He will serve as a spokesman and manage the day-to-day operations of the Lower Press Office. In addition, he will be liaison with congressional press secretaries and Republican campaign organizations.

Since December 1981 Mr. Petroskey has been serving as administrative assistant to Congressman Bill Goodling. In November 1983 he also became press secretary to Congressman Goodling. Previously he was press secretary to Congressman Mark Siljander and before that was campaign manager and press secretary to the Siljander for Congress Committee. In 1978 - 1981 he was assistant press secretary to the Michigan House Republican Caucus.

Mr. Petroskey graduated from Michigan State University (B.A., 1978). He is married and resides in Alexandria, VA. He was born August 17, 1955, in Detroit, MI.

Appointment of Clyde H. Slease as a Member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy

April 4, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Clyde H. Slease to be a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy for a term expiring December 30, 1987. This is a reappointment.

Mr. Slease is counsel to the law firm of Watt, Tieder, Killian and Hoffer in Vienna, VA. He was labor counsel, assistant to the president, and vice president and general counsel of the Dravo Corp. in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1948 - 1978. He was an attorney with the firm of Paul, Lawrence & Wills in 1946 - 1948.

He graduated from Haverford College (B.S., 1938) and the University of Pittsburgh (J.D., LL.B., 1941). He is married, has two children, and resides in Edgewater, MD. He was born July 26, 1916, in Hackensack, NJ.