THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES ELMER B. STAATS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE HARRY S. TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate Elmer B.
Staats to the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Elmer B. Staats of Washington, D.C. has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation since 1984. Mr. Staats began his service in the federal government during World War II, when he was responsible for the organization, financing, management and coordination of the principal civilian war agencies. Mr. Staats completed his 15-year term as Comptroller General of the United States on March 4, 1981. Prior to serving as Comptroller General, he was appointed as deputy director of the Budget under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson. In 1953, he was appointed by President Eisenhower as executive officer of the Operations Coordinating Board of the National Security Council which was responsible for the coordinated implementation of U.S. foreign policies and operations in foreign countries. He was the national president of the American Society for Public Administration from 1961-62 and was a founding member of the organization in 1939. Since 1981, Mr. Staats has been the director of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute. After graduation from McPherson College in Kansas, he earned his M.A. degree from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Staats holds honorary degrees from eight universities and distinguished service awards from the University of Kansas and the University of Minnesota.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to individuals who plan to pursue careers in public service. The Foundation awards 75 to 85 scholarships annually. Recipients of the awards, known as "Truman Scholars," are eligible to receive $30,000 in financial support.