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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 12, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton will nominate Jolene Molitoris to be the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, the White House announced today. Molitaris served for more than a decade with the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Rail Transportation Authority.

"One of the most important things we can do to improve our overall transportation system and to create high wage manufacturing jobs is to improve and expand our nation's rail system," said the President. "Jolene Molitoris is a seasoned executive with direct experience in doing the kinds of things we need to be doing."

Molitoris is currently the First Executive Director of The Literacy Initiative, a private adult literacy organization. She had previously served from 1983-91 as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation. In that role, she created a proactive, nationally-recognized rail program that started or developed 13 new railroads in her state. From 1977-83, Molitoris worked for the Ohio Rail Transportation Authority, starting as an Assistant Liaison Officer and moving up to Deputy Director and eventually Executive Director.

She has worked on rail issues not only on the state level, but also in national forums. She has served for two terms as the Region I Chair of the National Conference of State Rail Officials, and was the 1989 and 1992 recipient of the High Speed Rail Association President's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Molitoris, who has a B.A. from the Catholic University of America and an M.A. from Case Western Reserve, has also taught at the Junior High School, High School, and college levels in Ohio.