THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES BURTON, RAPPOPORT TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE MORRIS K. UDALL SCHOLARSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOUNDATION
The President announced his intention to nominate Ronald Kent Burton of Chantilly, Virginia and D. Michael Rappoport of Phoenix, Arizona to be members of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation.
Mr. Burton currently serves as a Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the U.S. Department of the Interior. He is responsible for a wide range of conservation and wildlife-related public affairs and natural resources issues. Before joining the Fish and Wildlife Service, Mr. Burton served as an aide to Congressman Udall from 1977 to 1991. Mr. Burton is married to the former Carol Crane and they have two children, Katherine Wheedleton and Scott L. Burton.
Mr. Rappoport currently serves as the Associate General Manager for Public & Communications Services for Salt River Project (SRP) in Arizona, one of the nation's largest public water and electric utilities projects. Mr. Rappoport has been with SRP since 1973 serving in such capacities as Director of Government Affairs and Assistant General Manager of Government Affairs. He also previously represented electric utilities in Washington D.C., and served as a legislative assistant for the late Congressman Craig Hosmer of California. Mr. Rappoport lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife Suzi. They have two grown children, Sloan and Zoe.
The Foundation was established in March of 1992 with a mission to award scholarships, fellowships and internships to eligible individuals for study in environmental fields, and to increase awareness of the importance of the Nation's natural resources. The Foundation awarded its first 55 scholarships in spring 1996 to college students majoring in environmental policy, public policy and health care policy. The students awarded scholarships are from 38 states and Puerto Rico. The Foundation also initiated the first Native American Summer Congressional Internship Program to familiarize Native Americans with the way government works.
The Foundation is based at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and is in the process of establishing a program for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Mr. Rappoport and Mr. Burton have served as Trustees since the inception of the Board in 1994.