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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 2, 1994


President Clinton announced today that he intends to nominate Ohio information technology executive Robert S. Willard to be a member of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, an independent agency which conducts studies, surveys, and analyses of the library and informational needs of the nation and the means by which these needs may be met.

Willard is the Director of Government Marketing for Mead Data Central, Inc., a job in which he provides information technologies to a wide range of government agencies, and interacts regularly with government librarians and researchers at the state, local, and federal levels. From 1978-85, he was a vice president for government relations of the Information Industry Association. Willard has worked in government as an aide to then-Congressman Jim Mattox. In addition, he is a board member of the Supreme Court Opinion Network, and a member of the Council on the Future of the National Judicial College. In 1985, he was general chairman of the "Capitol Hill High-Tech Expo," sponsored by Roll Call.

From 1966-70, Willard was an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stationed in Korea and Vietnam. He holds a bachelors degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a masters in operations research and systems analysis from the George Washington University.

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