Appointment of William A. Cockell, Jr., as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
July 25, 1986
The President today announced the appointment of William A. Cockell, Jr., to be Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (Defense Policy).
Mr. Cockell is currently serving as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Previously he was an active naval duty officer, retiring in the grade of rear admiral on January 1, 1986. While with the Navy, he served in Washington and on major staffs in Europe and the Pacific in a variety of positions dealing with strategic planning, politico-military affairs, and arms control matters. He was a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Director of the CNO Executive Panel from 1973 to 1975; and Executive Assistant to the CNO from 1978 to 1981. Recent operational assignments included command of a Pacific fleet cruiser-destroyer group; command of the surface combatant force, U.S. 7th Fleet; and command of the U.S.S. New Jersey battle group during the battleship's first western Pacific deployment following recommissioning. Immediately prior to his retirement, he headed the Pacific Fleet Training Command, headquartered in San Diego.
Mr. Cockell is a graduate of Ohio State University (B.A., 1950), Columbia University (M.A. and certificate of the Russian Institute, 1952), and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1959). He is a member of the Michigan Bar and currently lives in Arlington, VA. He was born on August 12, 1929.
Nomination of Louis F. Laun To Be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce
July 25, 1986
The President today announced his intention to nominate Louis F. Laun to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce (International Economic Policy). He would succeed Joseph F. Dennin.
Since March 1986 Mr. Laun has been Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service, Operations Division, Department of Commerce. Previously, he was president, American Paper Institute, Inc., 1977 - 1986; Deputy Administrator, 1973 - 1977, and Associate Administrator, 1973, with the U.S. Small Business Administration; a management consultant to several textile and chemical companies, 1971 - 1972; and president, Celanese Fibers Marketing Co., 1960 - 1971.
Mr. Laun graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1942). He is married, has three children, and resides in Washington, DC. Mr. Laun was born May 19, 1920, in Battle Creek, MI.
Nomination of Dennis Kux To Be United States Ambassador to the Ivory Coast
July 25, 1986
The President today announced his intention to nominate Dennis Kux, of New York, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Ivory Coast. He succeeds Robert Hopkins Miller.
Mr. Kux entered the Foreign Service in 1955 and first served as an economic officer in the trade agreements division of the Bureau of Economic Affairs and then the fuels division. He went to Karachi, Pakistan, as an economic officer and second secretary, 1957 - 1959. Mr. Kux was then assigned to the American Consulate General in Madras, India, as a commercial and consular officer from 1960 to 1962. He returned to the Department in 1962 to become the Nepal desk officer in the Office of South Asian Affairs. From 1964 to 1966, he was a personnel assignments officer in the Bureau of Personnel, and in 1966 became political officer and second secretary at our Embassy in Bonn, Germany. From Bonn he went to Islamabad, Pakistan, as political officer and first secretary, 1969 - 1971. From 1971 to 1972, Mr. Kux was a student at the U.S. Army War College. He became the Indian desk officer in the Bureau of the Near East and South Asian Affairs in 1972, followed by country director for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, 1974 - 1977. He then attended the Senior Seminar for a year at the Foreign Service Institute. In 1978 he served as Political Counselor at our Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, returning to the Department in 1980 to become Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coordination in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Since 1984 he has been Deputy Director for Management Operations in the Department.
He graduated from Lafayette College (A.B., 1952) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A., 1955). He served in the U.S. Army, 1952 - 1954. His foreign languages are French, German, Urdu, Tamil, and Turkish. He was born August 11, 1931, in London, England.
Appointment of Leonard H.O. Spearman as a Member of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development
July 25, 1986
The President today announced his intention to appoint Leonard H.O. Spearman to be a member of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development for a term of 3 years. He would succeed Benjamin F. Payton.
For the past 6 years Dr. Spearman has been president of Texas Southern University in Houston. In June of this year he completed his tenure as president and assumed the position of distinguished professor of psychology at the university. Previously, he was with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1970 to 1980 as Director, Division of Student Services, Associate Commissioner for Student Assistance, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education, and Associate Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education.
Dr. Spearman graduated from Florida A&M University (B.S., 1947) and the University of Michigan (M.A, 1950; Ph.D., 1960). He is married, has three children, and currently resides in Houston, TX. Dr. Spearman was born July 8, 1929, in Tallahassee, FL.
Appointment of Two Members of the National Graduate Fellows Program Fellowship Board
July 25, 1986
The President today announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to be members of the National Graduate Fellows Program Fellowship Board:
Robert A. Huttenback, of California, for a term of 2 years. This is a new position. Dr. Huttenback has been chancellor of the University of California at Santa Barbara since 1977. Previously, he was chairman, division of humanities and social sciences, 1972 - 1977; and dean of students, 1969 - 1972, at the California Institute of Technology. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1951; Ph.D., 1959) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1957. He is married, has one child, and resides in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Huttenback was born March 8, 1928, in Frankfurt, Germany.
William A. Seavey, of California, for a term of 6 years. This is a new position. Mr. Seavey is an attorney in private practice in San Francisco. Previously, he was a partner with the firm of Davis, Stafford, Kellman and Fenwick. Mr. Seavey graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1952), Harvard University (LL.B., 1955), and the Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (Ph.D., 1970). He is married, has five children, and resides in Piedmont, CA. Mr. Seavey was born August 28, 1930, in Los Angeles, CA.