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Nomination of R. Kenneth Towery To Be a Member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

September 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate R. Kenneth Towery to be a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the remainder of the term expiring March 26, 1986. He would succeed Reuben W. Askanase.

Mr. Towery is president and founder of the Sentinel Corp., a business and political consulting firm in Austin, Tex. He is also managing partner with the firm of Towery, Schulle and Associates. Previously Mr. Towery was assistant to the chancellor, the University of Texas System, in 1976-79; Assistant Director, and Deputy Director, of the United States Information Agency in 1969-76; press secretary, and then administrative assistant, to Senator John Tower in 1963-69; Capitol correspondent with Newspapers, Inc., in 1956-63; and reporter and managing editor for Cuero Daily Record, a small daily newspaper in Cuero, Tex., in 1951-56. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1955 for a series of stories exposing fraud and corruption in the Texas Veterans Land Program.

Mr. Towery attended Southwest Texas Junior College and Texas A&M University. He entered the U.S. Army as a volunteer during World War II and served in the Philippines where he was captured and imprisoned for 31/2 years. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and other decorations.

Mr. Towcry is married, has two children, and resides in Austin, Tex. He was born January 25, 1923, in Smithville, Miss.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of R. Kenneth Towery To Be a Member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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