Nominations & Appointments, July 9, 1985

Nomination of Joe M. Rodgers To Be United States Ambassador to France

July 9, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Joe M. Rodgers, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to France. He would succeed Evan Griffith Galbraith.

Mr. Rodgers was chief engineer of A.E. Burgess, Inc., in Birmingham, AL, in 1959 - 1963. In 1963 - 1966 he was sales and production manager of Dixie Concrete Pipe Co., Smyrna, TN. He became president and chairman of the board of Joe M. Rodgers & Associates in Nashville, TN, in 1966 - 1976. Mr. Rodgers then served as chairman of the board, Rodgers Construction International in Nashville, 1976 - 1979. From 1976 to the present, he has been the proprietor of JMR Investments in Nashville, and from 1979 to the present, he has been chairman and president of American Constructors, Inc., in Nashville. Since 1980 he has also been chairman of the board of CRC Equities, Inc., in Nashville. In 1982 Mr. Rodgers served as U.S. Commissioner General of the U.S. Section at the 1982 World's Fair. In 1984 he became a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Mr. Rodgers was born November 12, 1933, in Bay Minette, AL. He received his B.S. in 1956 from the University of Alabama in civil engineering. In 1956 - 1958 he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey. He is married to the former Helen Martin, and they have two children.

Nomination of Thomas Michael Tolliver Niles To Be United States Ambassador to Canada

July 9, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas Michael Tolliver Niles, of the District of Columbia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador of the United States of America to Canada. He would succeed Paul Heron Robinson, Jr.

Mr. Niles entered on duty in the Department of State in 1962. He served at the American Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1963 - 1965. In 1965 he became an economic officer in Soviet affairs in the Department, and from there took Russian language training. In 1968 he went to Moscow as an economic officer, where he served until 1971 when he was assigned as a political officer at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium. He returned to Moscow in 1973 as director for commercial affairs, where he served until 1976 when he became a student at the National War College. In 1977 - 1979 Mr. Niles served in the United Nations Office in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. He then became Director of Central European Affairs in the Department until 1981, when he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs.

Mr. Niles was born September 22, 1939, in Lexington, KY. He received his B.A. in 1960 from Harvard University and his M.A. in 1962 from the University of Kentucky. His foreign languages are Serbo-Croatian, German, Russian, and French. He is married to the former Carroll Ehringhaus, and they have two children.

Appointment of Six United States Representatives to the United Nations Program for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

July 9, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to be Representatives of the United States to participate, as National Correspondents, in the United Nations Program for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders for a term of 5 years:

Roy R. Barrera, Jr., is criminal district judge for the 144th district court in San Antonio, TX. He graduated from St. Mary's University (B.A., 1972) and St. Mary's Law School (J.D., 1975). He was born January 25, 1952, in San Antonio, TX, and now resides in Boerne, TX.

Richard A. Boyd is national president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma (B.S., 1972). He was born January 21, 1943, in Inwood, NY, and now resides in McLoud, OK.

Claire A. D'Agostino is a licensed clinical psychologist in Wilmington, DE. She graduated from Agnes Scott College (B.A., 1967) and Georgia State University (M.A., 1970; Ph.D., 1973). Dr. D'Agostino was born August 15, 1945, in Nashville, GA, and now resides in Wilmington, DE.

Lois Haight Herrington is currently serving at the Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice, Research, and Statistics. She graduated from the University of California at Hastings (A.B., 1961; LL.B., 1965). She was born December 6, 1939, in Seattle, WA, and now resides in McLean, VA.

Anthony M. Kennedy is U.S. Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Sacramento, CA. He graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1958) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1961). He was born July 23, 1936, in Sacramento, CA, and now resides in Sacramento, CA.

Guadalupe Quintanilla is assistant provost at the University of Houston. She graduated from Pan American University (B.S., 1969) and the University of Houston (M.A., 1971; Ed.D., 1976). She was born October 25, 1937, in Ojinaja, Mexico, and now resides in Houston, TX.