Nominations & Designations, January 27, 1986

Nomination of Major General Thomas K. Turnage To Be Administrator of Veterans Affairs

January 27, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate Maj. Gen. Thomas K. Turnage to be Administrator of Veterans Affairs. He would succeed Harry N. Walters.

Since 1981 General Turnage has been serving as Director of the Selective Service System. In 1979 he served as Special Assistant for Training and Readiness to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs). Previously he served on active duty in the United States Army and the National Guard. His career with the Armed Forces spans a period of time from 1941 to 1981. His decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Korean Presidental Unit Citation, and the California Medal of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (B.S.) and George Washington University (M.S.). He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC. He was born June 27, 1923, in Conroe, TX.

Nomination of Andrew John Strenio, Jr., To Be a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission

January 27, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate Andrew John Strenio, Jr., to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the unexpired term of 7 years from September 26, 1982. He would succeed George W. Douglas, who has resigned.

Mr. Strenio served as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission from September 1984 until December 31, 1985. He was an Assistant Director for Regulatory Evaluation, Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Federal Trade Commission, from July 1982 to September 1984. Prior to joining the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Mr. Strenio was staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers in 1980 - 1981; attorney with the law firm of Wald, Harkrader & Ross in Washington, DC, 1980; and research associate with the Huron Institute of Cambridge, MA, 1978 - 1979. In 1977 - 1978 Mr. Strenio researched and wrote ``The Testing Trap,'' a book about the educational testing industry.

He graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1974) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1978). Mr. Strenio is married, has two children, and resides in Bethesda, MD. He was born April 3, 1952, in Erie, PA.

Designation of Douglas W. McMinn as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

January 27, 1986

The President today announced his intention to designate Douglas W. McMinn to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, United States International Development Cooperation Agency. He would succeed Richard T. McCormack.

Since 1985 Mr. McMinn has been Assistant Secretary of State (Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs). He served as Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council in 1982 - 1985. He was designated by the President to help guide policy preparations for the 1984 London economic summit and the 1985 Bonn economic summit. He served at the Department of Commerce in 1981 - 1982. Previously, he served as deputy chief of mission, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Geneva, Switzerland (1979 - 1981); a special assistant to the Deputy Special Trade Representative (1977 - 1979); and an international economist at the Department of the Treasury (1975 - 1977).

Mr. McMinn graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1969) and Johns Hopkins University (M.L.A., 1972; M.A., 1975). He is married, has three children, and resides in Alexandria, VA. He was born July 18, 1947, in Salt Lake City, UT.