Nominations & Appointments, May 31, 1985

Nomination of Chester Evans Finn, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of Education

May 31, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Chester Evans Finn, Jr., to be Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement, Department of Education. He would succeed Donald J. Senese.

Since 1981 he has been a professor of education and public policy, lecturer in political science, and codirector of the Center for Education Policy at Vanderbilt University. He was legislative director in the office of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1977 - 1981; research associate in governmental studies at the Brookings Institution in 1974 - 1977; Counsel to the American Ambassador to India in 1973 - 1974; special assistant to the Governor for education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1972 - 1973.

He was director of policy analysis at the University of Massachusetts in 1971 - 1972 and Staff Assistant to the President at the White House in 1969 - 1971.

He graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1965; M.A., 1967; Ph.D., 1970). He is married, has two children, and resides in Nashville, TN. He was born August 3, 1944, in Columbus, OH.

Nomination of Robert K. Dawson To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

May 31, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert K. Dawson to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). He would succeed William R. Gianelli.

Since 1984 Mr. Dawson has been serving as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). Previously, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) in 1981 - 1984; administrator of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 - 1981; and legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Jack Edwards in 1972 - 1974.

He graduated from Tulane University (B.S., 1968) and Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (J.D., 1971). He is married, has two children, and resides in Alexandria, VA. He was born January 22, 1946, in Scottsboro, AL.

Nomination of James Johnson Duderstadt To Be a Member of the National Science Foundation

May 31, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate James Johnson Duderstadt to be a member of the National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 1990. He would succeed Edwin Ernest Salpeter.

Mr. Duderstadt has been with the University of Michigan since 1969 serving as assistant professor (nuclear engineering) (1969 - 1972); associate professor (1972 - 1976); professor (1976 - 1981); and dean of the college of engineering (1981 - present). He has served as a consultant to NASA Lewis Research Center (1972), the U.S. Army Missile Command (1973 - 1975), and the Argonne National Laboratory (1975 - 1979).

Mr. Duderstadt graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1964) and the California Institute of Technology (M.S., 1965; Ph.D., 1967). He is married, has two children, and resides in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born December 5, 1942, in Fort Madison, IA.

Appointment of Bettye Collier-Thomas as a Member of the National Afro-American History and Cultural Commission

May 31, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Bettye Collier-Thomas to be a member of the National Afro-American History and Culture Commission for a term expiring January 18, 1986. She would succeed Alexis M. Herman.

Dr. Collier-Thomas is currently executive director of Bethune Museum-Archives, Inc. Previously, she was a lecturer at Howard University (1982 - 1983); a special consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities (1977 - 1981); and a consultant to the National Council of Negro Women at the National Endowment for the Humanities (1977).

Dr. Collier-Thomas graduated from Allen University (B.A., 1963), Atlanta University (M.A., 1966), and the George Washington University (Ph.D., 1974). She is married and resides in Washington, DC. She was born February 18, 1941, in Macon, GA.