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Department of the Army Nomination of Robert L. Nelson To Be an Assistant Secretary.

May 19, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate Robert L. Nelson, of Washington, D.C., to be Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). Nelson is president of the broadcasting division of Washington Star Communications, Inc., and executive vice president and corporate counsel of the company.

He was born August 10, 1931, in Dover, N.H. He received a B.A. in 1956 from Bates College and an LL.B. in 1959 from Georgetown University Law Center. He served in the U.S. Army in 1953 and 1954.

Nelson served as legislative assistant and special assistant to the Director for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1958 to 1963. From 1963 to 1966, he was a special assistant and program secretary for Brazil for the Agency for International Development.

From 1966 to 1970, Nelson was deputy executive director, then executive director, of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He served as deputy campaign manager and treasurer for Senator Edmund Muskie's Presidential campaign from 1970 to 1972. He has been executive vice president and corporate counsel of Washington Star Communications since 1972.

Nelson is vice chairman of the Redevelopment Land Agency of the District of Columbia and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation. He is also on the boards of directors of the Federal City Council, Downtown Progress, and the Community Foundation of Greater Washington.

Jimmy Carter, Department of the Army Nomination of Robert L. Nelson To Be an Assistant Secretary. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/244402