Nominations, Designations & Appointments, January 24, 1986

Nomination of Paul Dundes Wolfowitz To Be United States Ambassador to Indonesia

January 24, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate Paul Dundes Wolfowitz to be Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Indonesia. He would succeed John Herbert Holdridge.

Mr. Wolfowitz has been Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs since 1982. Prior to that time, he was Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State, where he was assigned in January 1981. From 1980 to 1981, he was visiting associate professor and director of security studies at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has served in the Government in various capacities: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Regional Programs), 1977 - 1980; Special Assistant for SALT, Office of the Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1976 - 1977; Deputy Assistant Director, Verification and Analysis Bureau, ACDA, 1976; Special Assistant to the Director of ACDA, 1974 - 1975; professional staff member, Evaluation and Policy Division, Plans and Analysis Bureau, ACDA, 1973 - 1974; and management intern, U.S. Bureau of the Budget, 1966 - 1967. In 1970 - 1973 Mr. Wolfowitz was assistant professor of political science at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Mr. Wolfowitz graduated from Cornell University (A.B., 1965) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1970). His foreign languages are French and Hebrew. He was born December 22, 1943, in New York. He is married to the former Clare Selgin, and they have two children.

Nomination of Gaston Joseph Sigur, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

January 24, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate Gaston Joseph Sigur, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs). He would succeed Paul D. Wolfowitz.

Dr. Sigur is director of the Institute for Sino-Soviet Studies and professor of international affairs at George Washington University. He is also a consultant with the National Security Council at the White House and has served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director of Asian Affairs. Before assuming his position at George Washington University in 1972, Dr. Sigur served for a number of years with the Asia Foundation. He was the representative of the Asia Foundation in Kabul, Afghanistan, from July 1962 to January 1966; in Japan from January 1966 to August 1968; and in Washington from June 1969 to July 1972. He has written numerous articles and monographs on international relations. He serves on a number of editorial boards of professional journals and is a member of the Association of Asian Studies, the International House of Japan, and the Japan-America Society of Washington.

Dr. Sigur graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1947; M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1957). He and his wife, the former Estelle Smotrys, have five children, and reside in Montgomery County, MD. He was born November 13, 1924, in Franklin, LA.

Designation of Lando W. Zech, Jr., as Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

January 24, 1986

The President today announced his intention to designate Lando W. Zech, Jr., to be Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission upon the June 30, 1986, term expiration of Nunzio J. Palladino.

Since July 1984 he has been serving as a Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In October 1983 he retired as vice admiral of the Navy after 39 years of commissioned service. Prior to his retirement, Admiral Zech served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training/Chief of Naval Personnel. He was commander of the U.S. naval forces in Japan in 1978 - 1980; chief of Navy technical training at Memphis, TN, in 1976 - 1978; and Commandant, 13th Naval District at Seattle, WA, in 1974 - 1976. In 1970 he was assigned to the Secretary of the Navy's Office of Program Appraisal and served as Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs, Navy Department. In 1972 - 1974 he was deputy commander of the Navy Recruiting Command and was selected for flag rank. His citations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, the Navy Commendation Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Zech graduated from the United States Naval Academy (B.S., 1944), the Armed Forces Staff College (1958), the National War College (1968), and George Washington University (M.S., 1971). He was born June 29, 1923, in Astoria, OR, and now resides in Falls Church, VA.

Appointment of Three Members of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships

January 24, 1986

The President today announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to be members of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. These are all new positions.

Richard Michael Larry is president and trustee of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Inc., in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Grove City College (B.S., 1960). He is married, has two children, and resides in Pittsburgh, PA. He was born August 10, 1935, in Pittsburgh.

James E. Seitz is partner in charge of the New York City office of Touche Ross & Co. He graduated from the University of Michigan (B.S., 1950; M.B.A., 1957). He is married, has two children, and resides in Greenwich, CT. He was born June 29, 1928, in Detroit, MI.

Constance Horner is Director of the Office of Personnel Management. Previously she served as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1964) and the University of Chicago (M.A., 1967). She is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC. She was born February 24, 1942, in Summit, NJ.