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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 22, 1993



(Washington, DC) The President announced today that he will nominate Archer Durham, a retired Major General in the U.S. Air force, to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Human Resources and Administration. He also formally announced his intent to nominate Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn to be Ambassador to the Holy See.

"Through his long and exemplary career in the Air Force, Archer Durham had a reputation of being a hands on manager who consistently led the Air Force in management efficiency indicators," said the President. "Secretary O'Leary has called for that kind of management at her department, and I am glad that General Durham will be providing it."

"I am also very pleased to be formally announcing my intention to nominate Mayor Flynn for the important post of Ambassador to the Holy See," the President added. "As I said on St. Patrick's Day here at the White House, he has been one of the best Mayors to serve in my lifetime, and I think he'll do a great job in a wide range of areas."

Archer Durham is a 36-year Air Force veteran, who served as Commanding General of Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland from 1980- 82; Dover Air Force Base, Delaware from 1979-80; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico from 1977-79. He also served as a Plans and Programming Officer in the Pentagon and played a key role in emergency planning for the worldwide movement of military forces. A graduate of Utah State University (BA) and the George Washington University (MA, International Affairs), Durham also studied in the Advanced Management Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business an in the Kennedy School of Government's Executive Program in National and International Security.


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Raymond Flynn has been Mayor of Boston since his election in 1983, and was President of the United States Conference of Mayors from 1991 to 1992. In 1991, he was elected to his third term as Mayor with the largest margin of victory in the City's history. He had previously served four terms in the Massachusetts Legislature and three terms on the Boston City Council. He served in the United States Army and worked as a probation officer and youth counselor, in addition to briefly playing professional basketball. He is a graduate of Providence College and holds numerous honorary degrees.