THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES IRIS J. BURNETT AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR THE UNITED SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS INC.
The President today announced his intent to appoint Iris J. Burnett to serve as a member on the Board of Governors for the United Services Organizations Inc.
Ms. Burnett, of Arlington, Virginia, is currently a professor at American University's School of Communication. She has more than 25 years experience as a communication professional in media, government, academia, and the private sector. Until last year, Burnett was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Network. Before joining USA Networks, Burnett served as Chief of Staff at the United States Information Agency (USIA). During her tenure at USIA, she served as both an official delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and an official delegate to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where she directed all communications for the delegation, including the congressional delegation and the White House. She was the Executive Director of "Debates '92" and the Director of the International Visitor Program at the Department of State. She is the founder and president of her own communications counseling firm, Kai Productions.
Ms. Burnett received her Master of Science, Speech, and Communication Theory from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970.
The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is a voluntary civilian organization created to serve a variety of the needs of members of the armed forces and their families and to contribute to the maintenance of military morale. The USO World Board of Governors is given the responsibility for oversight of the staff's management of the affairs of the USO and its property. The USO is self-sustaining and receives no government funds. It is required by statute to make an annual financial report to the Congress.