Nomination of Leonard
H.O. Spearman, Sr., To Be United States Ambassador to Rwanda
December 1, 1987
President today announced his intention to nominate Leonard H.O. Spearman, Sr.,
of Texas, to be Ambassador to
the Republic of Rwanda. He would succeed John
1986 Dr. Spearman has been distinguished professor of educational psychology at
Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. Prior to this he
served as president of Texas Southern University from 1980 to 1986. Dr.
Spearman has served in the following capacities at the U.S. Office of
Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, DC, 1970 -
1980: Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher and Continuing Education,
1980; Associate Deputy Commissioner for Higher and Continuing Education, 1978 -
1980; Acting Deputy Commissioner for Higher and Continuing Education, 1976 -
1978; Associate Commissioner for Student Assistance, 1975 - 1978; Director,
Division of Student Financial Assistance, 1972 - 1975; Director, Division of
Student Special Services, 1970 - 1972. From 1960 to 1970, Dr. Spearman was
professor of psychology, Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, and associate
professor of psychology at Florida A&M University, 1957 - 1960.
Spearman graduated from Florida A&M University (B.S., 1947) and the University of Michigan (M.A., 1950; Ph.D.,
1960). He was born July 8, 1929, in Tallahassee, FL. He is married, has
three children, and resides in Pearland, TX.