The President today announced that he will nominate William K. Smith, of Minnesota, to be Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States Railway Association for a 6-year term. He would replace Arthur D. Lewis, resigned.
Smith was born April 21, 1922, in Oakland, Calif. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Smith joined General Mills in 1948 as a transportation clerk in San Francisco. Since that time he has been associated with the corporation's transportation department in a variety of positions and locations. In 1955 he became assistant director of transportation at the corporate headquarters in Minneapolis.
Smith has been director of transportation for General Mills since 1965 and vice president of the company since 1968.
Smith has been on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Railway Association since 1974. He has been serving as Acting Chairman of the Board since 1977.
Smith is also a board member of the Transportation Association of America and a vice president of the National Industrial Traffic League.