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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 19, 2000


The President today announced his intent to appoint George B. Newton and Jim O. Llewellyn to serve as Members of the Arctic Research Commission (ARC).

Mr. George B. Newton, of McLean, Virginia, has been a member of ARC since 1989 and has served as Chair since 1996. Mr. Newton is also currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at Management Support Technology, Inc. During his tenure on the commission Mr. Newton conceived, motivated and negotiated the establishment of the Science Ice Expedition (SCICEX) program, a unique cooperative research effort employing a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine as a dedicated ocean data collection platform under the Arctic Ocean sea ice. From 1958 to 1981, Mr. Newton was an officer in the U.S. Navy where, among his assignments, he commanded a nuclear attack submarine. Also, for a four year period during his career with the U.S. Navy, Mr. Newton planned, organized and controlled all Arctic research deployments by U.S. submarines based on the U.S. East Coast. Mr. Newton received an Sc.B from Brown University; he received an M.S. from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute; and he attended the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School.

Mr. Jim O. Llewellyn, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been an attorney with BellSouth Corporation practicing in the area of regulatory law since 1988. Prior to joining BellSouth, he was Chief Counsel in the Office of former Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Llewellyn was also Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia from 1980 to 1986. From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Llewellyn worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development as Special Investigator. From 1977 to 1978, Mr. Llewellyn was an attorney for Carroll, Greenfield & Poole in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served in the United States Army in Vietnam and Europe. Mr. Llewellyn received his B.A. from the United States Military Academy, West Point; a J.D. from The University of South Carolina and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University.

The purpose of the ARC is to develop and recommend an integrated national Arctic research policy. The ARC facilitates cooperation between federal, state and local governments with respect to Arctic research, reviews federal Arctic programs, and recommends improvements.