THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES JOSE M. AMADOR AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SCIENCE AND EDUCATION AT THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Jose M. Amador of Texas as Assistant Secretary for Science and Education at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Amador is currently the Director of the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. As assistant secretary, he would be responsible for science, technology, and education relating to food and agricul- ture, including sustainable agriculture, pest management and livestock diseases, food safety and food biotechnology education, nutrition, improved crop and livestock production, access to federal government information, and international research and education. Another important aspect of the position involves supporting programs under USDA's other mission areas and fostering partnerships with land-grant institutions and the private sector.
"Throughout his professional career, Dr. Amador has had a close working relationship with USDA. He understands our programs and our mission. He will bring a wealth of experience and perspective to the assistant secretary's position, enhancing the use of science and education to maintain the United States as the world's agriculture leader," said Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy.
The author of many professional publications, Amador has spent more than 26 years working with the Cooperative Extension Service. He has done extensive research in the area of plant pathology.
A native of Cuba, Amador did undergraduate work at the University of Havana before completing his bachelor's degree and doctorate at Louisiana State University.