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Appointment for Members of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships

May 20, 1993

The President appointed 37 members of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships today, including Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses, chief U.S. district court judge Jose Cabranes, astronaut Sally Ride, actress Cecily Tyson, Maj. Gen. Wesley Clark, and Hawaii Governor John Waihee. The Commission will be chaired by Nancy Bekavac, the president of Scripps College.

The Commission on White House Fellowships provides an opportunity for a select group of men and women to spend a year early in their careers serving as paid assistants to Cabinet-level officials, members of the President's staff, or in the Office of the Vice President. Alumni of the program include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Colin Powell, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

"This Commission is comprised of some of the brightest, most talented, and most accomplished people in the country," said the President. "I am confident that they will apply the criteria of achievement, leadership, and promise to select an outstanding group of fellows. I am especially pleased to note the bipartisan nature of this group, which retains several members appointed by my predecessor."

This weekend the Commission will convene in Baltimore to select the 1993-94 class of White House fellows. Approximately 1,000 people applied for the class, and the Commission will choose about 15 fellows from among the 35 who have been chosen as national finalists. The Commission members are:

Nancy Y. Bekavac (Chair), Claremont, CA: president, Scripps College

Frederick S. Benson III, Washington, DC: vice president, Weyerhaeuser Co.

Marjorie Benton, Evanston, IL: president, Chaplin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

Michael Beschloss, Washington, DC: author and historian

Dr. James E. Bostic, Jr., Atlanta, CA: group vice president, communication papers, Georgia Pacific Corp.

Hon. Jose E. Cabranes, New Haven, CT: chief U.S. district judge, District of Connecticut

Julius L. Chambers, Durham, NC: chancellor, North Carolina Central University; former director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Maj. Gen. Wesley Kanne Clark, Fort Hood, TX: commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division

Clive S. Cummis, West Orange, N J: chairman, Sills Cummis Zuckerman Radin Tischman Epstein & Gross

Ronald R. Davenport, Pittsburgh, PA: chairman, Sheridan Broadcasting Corp.

Adela de la Torre, Long Beach, CA: economist and chair of the department of Chicano and Latino Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Anne Cohn Donnelly, Chicago, IL: executive director, National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Jeri A. Eckhart, McLean, VA: president, Eckhart & Co.; president of White House Fellows Foundation and Alumni Association

Carolyn Forrest, Detroit, MI: international vice president, United Auto Workers

Pauline Gore, Carthage, TN: member and managing partner, Peabody Rivlin & Gore; mother of Vice President Gore

Antonia Hernandez, Los Angeles, CA: president and general counsel, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Robert L. Kagen, M.D., Fort Lauderdale, FL: medical director, MRI Scan Center

Hon. James B. King, Ludlow, MA: Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Victor A. Kovner, New York, NY: partner, Lankenau Kovner & Kurtz; former corporation counsel of the city of New York

Robert M. McGee, Bethesda, MD: president, Occidental International Corp.

Dana Mead, Houston, TX: president and chief operating officer, Tenneco, Inc.

Arthur Mitchell, New York, NY: artistic director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Edwin C. Moses, Laguna Hills, CA: Olympic gold medalist

Faylene Curtis Owen, East Lansing, MI: president and CEO, Mica Consulting Corp.

Jan O. Piercy, Chicago, IL: Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel

Hon. Roger B. Porter, McLean, VA: professor of government and business, Harvard University; Domestic Policy Aide to Presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush

Professor George E. Reedy, Milwaukee, WI: College of Communications, Marquette University; Press Secretary to President Johnson

Sally K. Ride, Ph.D., La Jolla, CA: professor of physics, University of California at San Diego; former NASA astronaut

Charles T. Royer, Cambridge, MA: director, Institute of Politics, JFK School of Government; former Mayor of Seattle

John Saxon, Birmingham, AL: partner, Cooper, Mitch, Crawford, Kuykendall & Whatley; former counsel to U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, and special counsel to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee

Max Starkloft, St. Louis, MO: president, Paraquad, Inc.

Mary Steenburgen, Ojai, CA: actress

Elizabeth Guest Stevens, Washington, DC: editor-at-large, Random House Publishing

Hon. Stansfield Turner, McLean, VA: admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.); former Director of Central Intelligence

Cicely Tyson, New York, NY: actress

Hon. John David Waihee, Honolulu, HI: Governor of Hawaii

Hon. Robert Yazzie, Window Rock, AZ: chief justice, Navajo Nation

William J. Clinton, Appointment for Members of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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