Nominations & Appointments, September 27, 1985

Nomination of Robert L. Barry for the Rank of Ambassador While Serving as United States Representative to the Conference on Confidence and Security Building Measures and Disarmament in Europe

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert L. Barry, of New Hampshire, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, for the rank of Ambassador during the tenure of his service as United States Representative to the Conference on Confidence and Security Building Measures and Disarmament in Europe. He would succeed James E. Goodby.

Mr. Barry served in the United States Navy as lieutenant in 1957 - 1960. He entered the Foreign Service in 1962 and was vice consul in Zagreb in 1963 - 1965. In 1965 - 1967 he was in the Department as international relations officer in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs. He studied the Russian language at Munich (Garmisch) in 1967 - 1968. He was consular officer, then political officer in Moscow (1968 - 1970), political officer at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York, NY (1970 - 1971), and deputy principal officer in Leningrad (1971 - 1973). He was on detail to the International Communication Agency as Director of U.S.S.R. Division of the Voice of America in 1973 - 1975. Mr. Barry returned to the Department as Deputy Director of the Office of Soviet Union Affairs (1975 - 1977), Director of the Office of United Nations Political Affairs (1977 - 1978), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1978 - 1979), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1979 - 1981). He was appointed Ambassador to Bulgaria in 1981 and served in Sofia until 1984, when he became a John Sloan Dickey fellow (Dartmouth College) and Distinguished Visitor of the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union (Columbia University).

He graduated from Dartmouth College (B.A., 1956) and Columbia University (M.A., 1962). He attended Oxford University (England) in 1956 - 1957. His foreign languages are Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, and French. He is married to the former Margaret Crim, and they have two children. He was born August 28, 1934, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Nomination of Francis S.M. Hodsoll To Be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Francis S.M. Hodsoll to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, for a term of 4 years. This is a reappointment.

Since 1981 Mr. Hodsoll has been serving as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously he was at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy to the Chief of Staff. He was a Foreign Service officer and Deputy U.S. Special Representative for Nonproliferation at the Department of State (1978 - 1980). He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Energy and Strategic Resource Policy and Assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce. He has previously been a Special Assistant to the Administrator of EPA.

He graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1959), Stanford University (J.D., 1964), and Cambridge University (M.A., LL.B., 1963). He is married, has two children, and resides in Arlington, VA. He was born May 1, 1938, in Los Angeles, CA.

Appointment of Richard Chavez as a Member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Richard Chavez to be a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board for a term expiring December 3, 1988. This is a reappointment.

Mr. Chavez is president of Educational Designs, Inc., in City of Commerce, CA. Previously he was founder and executive director of Chavez and Associates Institute. He was the Federal representative for California to the 1977 White House Conference on the Handicapped and was a member of the California Governor's Committee for Employment of the Handicapped.

He is married, has two children, and resides in Whittier, CA. He was born August 28, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA.

Appointment of Cynthia Boich as a Member of the Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business Ownership

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Cynthia Boich to be a member of the Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business Ownership. She will succeed Al Cardenas.

Ms. Boich presently serves as a consultant to Cynthia Boich & Associates, a corporate art marketing firm in Phoenix, AZ. She was founder and served as president of the firm in 1981 - 1984. Previously, she was with Armour-Dial, Inc., in product management (1977 - 1981); and with J. Walter Thompson Co. as an account executive in 1974 - 1976.

She graduated from Bethany College (B.A., 1969) and the American Graduate School of International Management (M.A., 1973). She was born November 10, 1947, in Steubenville, OH, and now resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

Appointment of Two Members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to be members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. These are initial appointments.

Carlos Benitez, of Florida, is president of United Schools of America in Miami. Previously he was president of Loyola School in Miami. He graduated from Miami Dade Junior College (A.A., 1965) and the University of Miami (B.B.A., 1968). He is married, has three children, and resides in Miami, FL. He was born May 11, 1942, in Havana, Cuba.

Marvin A. Pomerantz, of Iowa, is president of the Mid-America Group in West Des Moines, IA. Previously he was with International Harvester as president of the diversified group. He graduated from the University of Iowa (B.S., 1953). He is married, has four children, and resides in Des Moines, IA. He was born August 6, 1930, in Des Moines.

Appointment of Sally Ann Gumaer Ranney as a Member of the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Sally Ann Gumaer Ranney to be a member of the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. This is a new position.

She is founder and president of the American Wilderness Alliance in Englewood, CO. She also serves as executive director of the Island Foundation and of the Crystal Island Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Wilderness Congress and is coordinator for the National Wilderness Research and Management Conference. She served as a resource policy analyst for the Wilderness Society in 1975 - 1977.

She graduated from Western State College of Colorado (B.A., 1970; M.A., 1972). She has one child and resides in Englewood, CO. She was born July 2, 1947, in Denver, CO.

Nomination of Russell A. Rourke To Be Secretary of the Air Force

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Russell A. Rourke to be Secretary of the Air Force. He would succeed Verne Orr.

Since 1981 Mr. Rourke has been serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs). Previously he was administrative assistant to Representative Harold S. Sawyer (R - MI) in 1977 - 1981. In 1976 - 1977 he served as Special Assistant to the President (Legislative Affairs). Mr. Rourke was Deputy to Presidential Counsellor John O. Marsh, Jr., in 1974 - 1976. In 1974 he was the Republican-Conservative nominee for Congress in the 36th District of New York. Mr. Rourke served in 1965 - 1974 as administrative assistant to Representative Henry P. Smith III (R - NY). In 1960 - 1964 he was administrative assistant to Representative John R. Pillion (R - NY). Mr. Rourke was associated with the firm of Keogh, Carey and Costello in 1959 - 1960.

He graduated from the University of Maryland (B.A., 1953) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.B., 1959). He is married, has three children, and resides in Annapolis, MD. He was born December 30, 1931, in New York City.

Nomination of Julius W. Becton, Jr., To Be Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Julius W. Becton, Jr., to be Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He would succeed Louis O. Giuffrida.

Since January 1984 General Becton has been serving as the Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the Agency for International Development. In 1983 General Becton retired from the U.S. Army after nearly 40 years of distinguished service. In his last Army post, he reported directly to the Army Chief of Staff and was responsible for institutional training and education in over 300 specialties. In 1978 - 1981 he commanded the largest U.S. Army Combat Ready Force in the free world (VII Corps) located in Stuttgart, West Germany. He was commander of the U.S. Army Operational Test and Evaluation Agency in 1976 - 1978, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division (1975 - 1976), and deputy commander of the U.S. Army Training Center in 1972 - 1975.

He graduated from Prairie View A&M (B.S., 1960) and the University of Maryland (M.A., 1967). He also attended the National War College. He is married, has five children, and resides in Springfield, VA. He was born June 29, 1926, in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Nomination of Two Members of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science

September 27, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate the following individuals to be members of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science for terms expiring July 19, 1990:

Lee Edwards, of Maryland, would succeed Paulette H. Holahan. Mr. Edwards is editor of Conservative Digest and president of the Center for International Relations in Washington, DC. Mr. Edwards graduated from Duke University (B.A., 1954) and received a certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He is married, has two children, and resides in Bethesda, MD. He was born December 1, 1932, in Chicago, IL.

Frank Gannon, of New York, would succeed Charles William Benton. Mr. Gannon is presently serving as editor of Saturday Review in Washington, DC. He is also president of Frank Gannon Productions, a communications consulting company. He graduated from Georgetown University (B.S., 1964), the London School of Economics (M.S., 1965), and Oxford University (Ph.D., 1968). He was born August 11, 1942, in Jamaica, NY, and now resides in Washington, DC.