THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 15, 1993
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT JOSEPH DUFFEY NAMED TO HEAD USIA,
MICA TO CHAIR BOARD FOR INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING
Washington, D.C. - President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate American University President and former State Department Assistant Secretary Joseph Duffey to be Director of the United States Information Agency. The President also designated Daniel Mica Chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting.
"Joe Duffey's expertise in the fields of education, communications and foreign affairs is vast and will serve him well as he takes the helm at USIA and works to promote the ideals of democracy and freedom abroad," the President said.
President of American University in Washington, D.C. since 1991, Duffey previously served nine years as Chancellor and President of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1977 he served as Assistant Secretary of State, Education and Cultural Affairs in the State Department. Duffey served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under both Presidents Carter and Reagan.
In 1978 and 1980, Duffey served as a United States delegate to the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In 1991, Duffey served as joint head of the U.S. Delegation observing national elections in Ethiopia.
USIA, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch that explains and supports U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad through a wide range of information programs. Among the agency's programs are the Fulbright academic program, Voice of America, the Worldnet satellite television system and a network of overseas libraries and cultural centers. The agency has more than 210 posts in more than 140 countries.
Mica becomes Chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting after serving as a member of the board since 1991.
"Dan Mica has done an excellent job on the Board of International Broadcasting and I expect he will continue as chairman to promote the cause of democracy abroad," the President said.
Biographical sketches of the appointees follow:
Joseph Duffey has served as President of American University since 1991. Prior to his tenure at American, Duffey served as Chancellor and President of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1982 - 91) and as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution (1982). He served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1977 - 82 and as Assistant Secretary of State, Education and Cultural Affairs with the Department of State in 1977. Duffey holds 14 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. In 1980 he was named Commander of the Order of the Crown by the King of Belgium and he has been a member of the Council of Foreign Relations since 1979. Duffey received a BA from Marshall University in 1954, a BD from the Andover Newton Theological School in 1958, a STM from Yale University in 1963 and a Ph.D. from the Harvard Seminary Foundation in 1969. Duffey is a member of the National BusinessHigher Education Forum and a founder and co-chairman of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Conference. Duffey is married to Anne Wexler and has four sons.
Daniel Mica is a former U.S. Representative from the 14th District of Florida and has served on the Board of International Broadcasting since 1991. During his tenure in Congress from 1979 - 89 he served on the House Committee on Foreign Relations and was appointed by President Reagan as the Congressional Representative to the United Nations.