Nominations, September 14, 1982Nomination of Richard T. Kennedy To Be United States Ambassador at Large
September 14, 1982
The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard T. Kennedy to be Ambassador at Large. Mr. Kennedy will serve as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State on NonProliferation Policy and Nuclear Energy Affairs and will coordinate and direct U.S. nonproliferation efforts. Mr. Kennedy will continue as the United States Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to which he was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate on July 24, 1981.
Mr. Kennedy was appointed as the Under Secretary of State for Management on February 28, 1981. Prior to that appointment, he was Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1975 - 1980 and was appointed by the President as Alternate Delegate to the General Conference of the IAEA in 1975 and 1977. Mr. Kennedy served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Council Planning from 1969 - 1975, which succeeded his service as Director, Africa Region, International Security Affairs, Department of Defense.
Mr. Kennedy served for 30 years in the United States Army, retiring in 1971 with the rank of colonel. On the Army General Staff, he was concerned with the National Communications System, DOD and Army organization, and NATO affairs. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.
Mr. Kennedy received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of Rochester and holds an M.B.A., with distinction, from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He also attended the National War College and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. He is married to the former Jean Martin.
Nomination of Jerome W. Van Gorkom To Be an Under Secretary of State
September 14, 1982
The President today announced his intention to nominate Jerome W. Van Gorkom to be Under Secretary of State for Management. He would succeed Richard T. Kennedy who has been named to be Ambassador at Large.
Mr. Van Gorkom is the former chief executive officer of Trans Union Corp., a position he occupied for 18 years. Mr. Van Gorkom is a director of the Schering-Plough Corp., Champion International Corp., I.C. Industries, and other corporations.
Mr. Van Gorkom served with the United States Navy from 1941 to 1945, following which he was an associate of the law firm of Kix, Miller, Baar & Morris in Chicago from 1945 to 1947. From 1947 to 1954, he was an accountant in the firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., and a partner in the firm from 1954 to 1956.
Mr. Van Gorkom is the chairman of the board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He received his B.S. degree in 1939 and his J.D. in 1941, both from the University of Illinois. He is married to the former Betty Jean Alexander and has two children.