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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 17, 1997
                       PRESIDENT CLINTON RE-APPOINTS 
                           LEE WILLIAMS TO THE 

The President announced today his intent to re-appoint Lee Williams to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Lee Williams of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a partner with Public Strategies Washington, Inc., a public affairs and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Public Strategies, he practiced law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. From 1978 to 1989, Mr. Williams served as the senior vice president and legislative counsel to the National Retail Federation. Mr. Williams has spent much of his career serving Senate leaders in key administrative positions. He was general counsel to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee from 1974 to 1978, first under Chairman and Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, then under Chairman and Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd. Mr. Williams enjoyed a long working relationship with Senator Fulbright, serving as his administrative assistant from 1959 to 1974. Mr. Williams received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

The twelve members of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are appointed by the President and charged with selecting scholars to participate in international educational exchange programs. Each year, the Board selects over 5,500 graduate students, teachers, senior faculty and professors to spend either a semester or a year in a foreign culture.