THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 8,
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES BIRCH BAYH TO THE
J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIP BOARD
President Clinton today announced his intention to re-appoint Birch
Bayh as a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The Honorable Birch Evans Bayh, Jr., of Washington, DC, is a Partner
at the Washington law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP. He served
as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1963 to 1981, capping a
political career that began in 1954 at age 26 with his election to the
Indiana House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker and Minority
Leader. As ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Bayh
wrote and sponsored two amendments to the Constitution, the Twenty-fifth
and Twenty-sixth Amendments. No other lawmaker since the Founding Fathers
has written two amendments to the Constitution. After entering the private
sector, Senator Bayh was the Chair of the National Institute Against
Prejudice and Violence, and served as a Trustee of the Robert A. Taft
Institute for Government. Senator Bayh was chair of the AMTRAK
Labor/Management Productivity Council, and was co-chair of the University
of Virginia?s Commission on Presidential Disability and the Twenty-fifth
Amendment. He also was a member of the Miller Center Commission on Federal
Judicial Selection. He serves on the Board of Directors of ICN
Pharmaceuticals and the Simon Property Group.
Senator Bayh received his B.S. from Purdue University and a J.D. from
Indiana University School of Law.
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has responsibility
for the selection of participants in the Fulbright educational exchange
programs. The Board also oversees the policies of the Fulbright program.
In any given year, more than 6,000 students, scholars, teachers, and
trainees are awarded new or renewed grants under the program. The
Fulbright Program, which is administered through the Department of State,
finances studies, research, and other educational activities for American
citizens and nationals abroad and for citizens and nationals of foreign
countries in American universities. The Fulbright Program also promotes
American studies in foreign countries, foreign language training and area
studies in the United States and abroad.