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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 3, 1993


WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate three historians and an attorney to the Assassinations Review Board, convened to review government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Named were Princeton University librarian William L. Joyce, University of Tulsa Dean Kermit L. Hall, American University History professor Anna Kasten Nelson and Minnesota Chief Deputy Attorney General John R. Tunheim.

"I am pleased these talented people, recommended by our country's leading historical groups, have agreed to take on this important task," the President said.

The Assassinations Review Board is responsible for ensuring and facilitating the review and public disclosure of government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Its members will render decisions on whether particular information in an assassination record qualifies for postponement of disclosure. As recommended by statue, the President's nominees named today have been recommended by the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society of American Archivists and the American Bar Association.

Biographical sketches of the nominees follow.

William L. Joyce has served as Princeton University's associate librarian for rare and special books since 1986 and as a member of the library faculty since 1984. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Library Service (1984 - 92) and assistant director for rare books and manuscripts at the New York Public Library (1981 - 86).

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Joyce served with the American Antiquity Society for 10 years, as curator of manuscripts (1972 - 81) and as an education officer (1988 - 81). He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the author of numerous articles on archivists and research. Joyce earned a BA from Providence College (1964), a MA from St. John's University (1966) and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1974).

Kermit L. Hall has served as Dean of the University of Tulsa's Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences since 1992. From 1981 - 1991, he served on the faculty of the History Department of the University of Florida. Previously, Hall taught history at Wayne State University (1976 - 81) and at Vanderbilt University (1972 - 76). Hall is the author of a number of books and articles on American history and law. Hall earned a BA from the University of Akron (1966), a MA from Syracuse University (1967), a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1972) and a M.S.L. from Yale University Law School (1980).

Anna Kasten Nelson has served as a professor of History at American University since 1990. Prior, she served as a professor at Tulane University (1988 - 90) and George Washington University (1970 - 85) and headed up GWU's History and Public Policy program. Nelson has served as a consultant for the Congressional Research Service (1978-79) and the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Congressional Operations (1978). She is the author of a number of articles on government and history. Nelson earned a BA and MA from the University of Oklahoma, a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from George Washington University.

John R. Tunheim has served as Chief Deputy Attorney general of the state of Minnesota since 1986. An attorney, Tunheim served in private practice prior with the St. Paul firm Oppenheimer, Wolff, Foster, Shepard & Donnelly (1981 - 84) and has argued three cases before the Supreme Court. Tunheim clerked for Senior U.S. District Judge Earl R. Larson (1980-91) and served as a field representative for Senator Hubert Humphrey from 1975 - 78. He earned a BA from Concordia College in 1975 and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1980.