March 20, 1987

The President today announced his intention to nominate James L. Usry to be a member of the National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement for a term expiring September 30, 1989. He would succeed J. Floyd Hall.

Since 1984 he has been the mayor of Atlantic City, NJ. Previously he was assistant superintendent of Atlantic City public schools, 1977 - 1984. From 1952 to 1977, Mr. Usry held a number of positions in the Atlantic City school system. From 1946 to 1951, he was a professional basketball player with various professional teams, including the Harlem Globetrotters.

He graduated from Lincoln University (B.A., 1946) and Glassboro State (M.A., 1971). Mr. Usry is married and resides in Atlantic City. He was born February 2, 1922, in Athens, GA.