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The President intends to nominate Steven C. Preston, of Illinois, to be
Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Mr. Preston
currently serves as Executive Vice President of Strategic Services at
The ServiceMaster Company.


THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

________________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release April 25, 2006

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate seven
individuals, appoint two individuals and designate one individual to
serve in his Administration:

The President intends to nominate April H. Foley, of New York, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Republic of Hungary. Ms. Foley most recently served as
First Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of the
Export-Import Bank of the United States. Prior to this, she was
Director of Strategy for Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated.
Earlier in her career, she was Director of Business Planning and
Corporate Strategy at PepsiCo, Incorporated where she worked for 17
years. Ms. Foley received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and
her master's degree from Harvard University.

The President intends to nominate Tracey Ann Jacobson, of the District
of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Republic of Tajikistan. Ms. Jacobson, a
career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as United
States Ambassador to Turkmenistan. Prior to this, she served as Deputy
Chief of Mission in Riga, Latvia. Earlier in her career, she served as
Deputy Executive Secretary at the National Security Council. Ms.
Jacobson received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Johns
Hopkins University.

The President intends to nominate Kevin J. Martin, of North Carolina, to
be a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, for an
additional five-year term expiring June 30, 2011. Upon appointment, he
will be redesignated Chairman. Mr. Martin currently serves as Chairman
of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to this, he served as
Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Earlier in his
career, he was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth.
Mr. Martin received his bachelor's degree from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master's degree from Duke University.
He later went on to receive his JD from Harvard University.

The President intends to nominate Sue C. Payton, of Virginia, to be
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Research and
Development. Ms. Payton currently serves as the Deputy Under Secretary
of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts at the Department of
Defense. She previously served as Acting Director of Defense Research
and Engineering. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Applied
Technology for ImageLinks, Incorporated. Earlier in her career, she was
the Senior Site Systems Integration Manager for Martin Marietta, and
Advanced Technology Manager for Lockheed Martin. Ms. Payton received
her bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and her master's
degree from the University of Southern California.

The President intends to nominate Steven C. Preston, of Illinois, to be
Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Mr. Preston
currently serves as Executive Vice President of Strategic Services at
The ServiceMaster Company. He previously served as the company's
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that,
Mr. Preston was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of First Data
Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Vice President in
Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Preston received his
bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and his master's degree
from the University of Chicago.

The President intends to nominate Gaddi H. Vasquez, of California, for
the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as the United States
Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.
Mr. Vasquez currently serves as the Director of the United States Peace
Corps. Prior to this, he was a Division Vice President for Public
Affairs at Southern California Edison Company. From 1987 to 1995, he was
County Supervisor of Orange County, California, and from 1985 to 1987,
he served in the California Governor's Office, first as the Deputy
Appointments Secretary, then as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary. Mr.
Vasquez received his bachelor's degree from the University of the
Redlands.

The President intends to nominate Lawrence A. Warder, of Texas, to be
Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Education. Mr. Warder most
recently served as Global Director of Operations for Deloitte
Consulting, a company he worked for since 1969. Throughout his more
than thirty years with the company, Mr. Warder served in senior
management positions in their London, New York, Dallas and Detroit
offices. Earlier in his career, Mr. Warder was a Supervisor for
Financial Systems at General Tire and Rubber Company. He received his
bachelor's degree from the University of Akron and his master's degree
from Kent State University.

The President intends to appoint Ralph B. Marquez, of Texas, to be a
Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for
Environmental Cooperation.

The President intends to appoint David A. Ullrich, of Illinois, to be a
Commissioner of the United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery
Commission, for a six-year term.

The President intends to designate General Robert H. Foglesong, U.S.A.
(Ret.), of West Virginia, to be Co-Chairman of the United States-Russian
Joint Commission on POW/MIAs.

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