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THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                            (Houston, Texas)
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For Immediate Release                                        May 7, 1999
      PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DONALD L. PRESSLEY AS THE ASSISTANT
        ADMINISTRATOR FOR EUROPE AND THE NEW INDEPENDENT STATES

     The President today announced his intent to nominate Donald L.

Pressley to serve as the Assistant Administrator for Europe and the New Independent States.

Mr. Pressley, of Vienna, Virginia, is a career foreign service officer currently serving as the Acting Assistant Administrator for ENI, a position he had held since August, 1997. He served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the ENI Bureau from 1995 to 1997. Additionally, he was the USAID Representative to Poland from 1993 to 1995. Other experience within USAID includes: USAID Representative to the United Nations Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1992 to 1993; Director, Office for European Affairs from 1990-1992 and Regional Legal Advisor from 1975-1986. He was President and CEO of Columbia Resources, Inc. from 1986-1990.

Mr. Pressley received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina, and his J.D. from Georgetown University. He served as a U.S. Army Officer from 1968 to 1972.

The Assistant Administrator for Europe and the New Independent States (ENI) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the USAID's bilateral foreign assistance program in Europe and the New Independent States. The incumbent oversees the formulation and implementation of the economic assistance programs and projects for the region, allocates resources among the ENI offices, presents the bureau's programs and budget to Congress, and administers a budget of $1.1 billion and a direct hire staff of approximately 250.

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