THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH W. WESTPHAL AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR CIVIL WORKS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
The President today announced his intent to nominate Joseph W. Westphal to be the next Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works at the Department of Defense.
Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, of Herndon, Virginia, is currently the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Water at the Environmental Protection Agency. From 1995 to 1997, he was Director of the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus in the Senate, and from 1988 to 1995, he was Executive Director of the House Sunbelt Caucus. From 1987 to 1988, he was a visiting Scholar at the Institute for Water Resources, and from 1975 to 1987, he was a Professor and Department Head in the Political Science Department at Oklahoma State University. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University since 1996.
Dr. Westphal received his B.A. from Adelphi University, his M.A. from Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, all in Political Science.
The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works is responsible for overall supervision of the functions of the Department of the Army relating to civil works programs, including water resources development, environmental programs and policies, the Panama Canal, sea level canal affairs and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.