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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 10, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton announced today that he intends to nominate Victor R. Reis to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs and that he has approved the appointment of Michael Gauldin to be Director of the DoE's Office of Public Affairs.

"I am very pleased to be adding these two people to the leadership of the Department of Energy," said the President. "Victor Reis is one of our country's leading defense researchers, and Mike Gauldin has been a valuable aide to me for years. They will each play a key role in helping Secretary O'Leary to meet her goals for the Department of Energy."

Victor Reis is currently Director of Defense Research and Engineering at the Pentagon, a position he has held since late 1991. He had spent the previous three years at the Department of Defense as Deputy Director, Acting Director, and Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). From 1983-89 he was Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at Science Applications International Corporation. Reis has also held positions with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA, and several private and academic research institutions. He holds a B.M.E. from Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, and M.Eng. from Yale, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton.

Michael Gauldin served as Press Secretary to then-Governor Bill Clinton from 1987 until Clinton left the Governor's office following his election to the Presidency. Before joining the Governor's staff, Gauldin worked as a reporter and editor at a number of Arkansas newspapers, and as a Journalism Instructor at the University of Arkansas. He was also a self-employed editorial cartoonist who was named Editorial Cartoonist of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association in 1984. From 1974-77, he was an Information Specialist in the U.S. Army. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas in 1981.

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