The President today announced his intention to nominate John O'Leary as Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration. He is presently administrator of the Energy Resources Board of the State of New Mexico.
Mr. O'Leary was born on June 23, 1926, and received an A.B. degree in economics from George Washington University in 1950.
From 1952 to 1962, Mr. O'Leary served as economist, and later senior staff economist, in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Natural Resources. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for mineral resources in the Department of the Interior from 1962 to 1967. From 1967 to 1968, he was Chief of the Bureau of Natural Gas of the Federal Power Commission. Mr. O'Leary served as Director of the Bureau of Mines from 1968 to 1970, and was self-employed as an energy consultant to firms in the petroleum, natural gas, and coal industries from 1970 to 1972. From 1972 to 1974, he served as Director of Licensing for the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1974, he worked as a private consultant on energy matters to government agencies and other organizations, including the MITRE Corp., a systems analysis firm. In October 1974, he joined the staff of the MITRE Corp. as technical director of energy resources and the environment division. Mr. O'Leary became administrator of the New Mexico Energy Resources Board in November 1975.