The White House
For Immediate Release
August 16, 2012
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
- William W. Fox, Jr. – United States Commissioner, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
- Donald K. Hansen – United States Commissioner, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
- Earl A. Powell III – Member, Commission of Fine Arts
President Obama said, “The extraordinary dedication these men bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Dr. William W. Fox, Jr., Appointee for United States Commissioner, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Dr. William W. Fox, Jr. is currently Vice President of Fisheries at World Wildlife Fund, a non-profit charity dedicated to global conservation through science-based solutions. Dr. Fox started in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and retired in 2008 as Director of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, CA. Other positions held at NOAA included: Director of Science and Technology for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Director of Office of Protected Resources NMFS, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries NMFS, and Assistant Administrator for Fisheries NMFS. From 1982 to 1989, Dr. Fox was a Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Miami. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. He was a Member of the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission from 1983 to 1989, serving as Chairman from 1986 to 1989. From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Fox was a Member of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, serving as Chair from 1988 to 1990. Dr. Fox received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington.
Donald K. Hansen, Appointee for United States Commissioner, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Donald K. Hansen is currently a Special Assistant to the Director of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC). Prior to assuming his current role at PFMC, Mr. Hansen served as Chairman of the Council from 2003 to 2009. Mr. Hansen is also a Director at Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching in Dana Point, California, a company he founded in 1971. Since 1974, he has served on the Sportfishing Association of California and is currently Vice President. From 1993 to 2008, he was President of the Dana Point Harbor Association. Mr. Hansen was honored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2007 as the recipient of their Sustainable Fisheries Award. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1952 to 1956.
Earl A. Powell III, Appointee for Member, Commission of Fine Arts
Earl A. Powell III is the Director of the National Gallery of Art. Prior to joining the National Gallery, Mr. Powell served as the Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1980 to 1992. He held curatorial posts at the National Gallery from 1976 to 1980, and was an assistant professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin from 1974 to 1976. Mr. Powell served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969 and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1969 to 1980. Mr. Powell is a Member on the Commission of Fine Arts, having been appointed in 2003. He is also a trustee of the American Federation of the Arts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House Historical Association, and the Association of Art Museum Directors. Mr. Powell received an A.B. from Williams College, and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.