February 23, 1988

The President today announced his intention to nominate William L. Ball III to be Secretary of the Navy. He would succeed James H. Webb, Jr.

Since February 1986 Mr. Ball has served as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs at the White House. Prior to that time, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, 1985 - 1986. From 1981 to 1985, he was administrative assistant to Senator John Tower of Texas. In 1981 he also served as chief clerk of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In 1978 he served as administrative assistant to Senator Herman Talmadge of Georgia. He served as a regular officer in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1975.

Mr. Ball graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S., 1969). He was born June 19, 1948, in Belton, SC. He is married, has two children, and resides in the District of Columbia.