Nomination of Clarence Thomas To Be an Assistant Secretary of Education

May 1, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Clarence Thomas to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Since 1979 Mr. Thomas has been serving as legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo.). In 1977-79 he was an attorney at the Monsanto Co. Mr. Thomas was assistant attorney general of Missouri in 1974-77.

Mr. Thomas was graduated from Holy Cross College and is a member of the board of trustees of that institution. He attended Yale Law School and received a J.D. degree in June 1974.

Mr. Thomas was born in Savannah, Ga., on June 23, 1948.

Nomination of Dwight A. Ink To Be Director of the Community Services Administration

May 1, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Dwight A. Ink to be Director of the Community Services Administration.

Mr. Ink is vice president for management, National Consumer Cooperative Bank. In 1976-80 he was director, Office of Sponsored Research and Continuing Education, the American University. Mr. Ink served as Deputy Administrator of the General Services Administration in 1973-76. In 1969-73 he was Assistant Director for Executive Management, Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Ink was First Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, in 1966-69. In 1959 - 66 he was Assistant General Manager, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. He was Assistant to the Chairman of the AEC in 1958-59; Management Assistant in 1955-58; Chief, Reports and Statistics Branch, Savannah River Operations Office, in 1952-55; and program analyst, Office of Community Affairs, Oak Ridge Operations Office, in 1951-52.

Mr. Ink is a recipient of many awards, including the Flemming Award for Ten Outstanding Young Men in Government, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1961; Career Service Award, National Civil Service League, 1966; Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1966; and Commissioners Award for Distinguished Service, Civil Service Commission.

Mr. Ink was graduated from Iowa State University (B.S.) and the University of Minnesota (M.A.). In 1942-46 he served in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Ink is married and resides in Washington, D.C. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 9, 1922.

Appointment of Janet Colson as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

May 1, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of Janet Colson to be Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Ms. Colson has been Executive Assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

A native Californian, Ms. Colson earlier served as the Associate Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (1975-77). Prior to joining the National Security Council staff, she served as a senior national security policy analyst on the Reagan-Bush transition team and held positions with the University of California (San Francisco) and Hastings College of the Law. In 1965-70 she served as a research associate in Asian studies at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University, where she worked on the Yearbook on International Communist Affairs, as well as other selected research projects.

Ms. Colson received a B.A. degree and M.A. degree from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She currently is completing requirements for an MBA degree at the University of Santa Clara (California).

Ms. Colson was born in San Jose, Calif., on December 7, 1943.