The governing board of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation has announced the appointment of one of its members, Baylor Law School alumnus Frederick D. McClure, to succeed Ambassador Roman Popadiuk who is retiring as executive director after 13 years of service. The McClure appointment takes effect July 1.
"Barbara and I are grateful to have a close and respected friend like Fred take the reins of our foundation and help guide it into the future," said President Bush. "In so doing, he follows another trusted friend, Roman Popadiuk, who has so selflessly and ably served as our executive director since 1999. The gratitude in my heart to both of these good men knows no bounds."
McClure, 58, served in consecutive presidential administrations advising President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush on legislative affairs as a senior member of the White House staff. His public service also includes Legislative Director to US Senator John Tower, Associate Deputy US Attorney General, Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission and the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board.
A 1981 graduate of Baylor Law School, McClure is presently the Washington, D.C. managing partner for the international law firm, SNR Denton -- one of the 25 largest legal service providers in the world, with lawyers and professionals in more than 60 locations in 43 countries on four continents. He previously served as a managing shareholder of Winstead Sechrest & Minick, as managing director of Public Strategies Incorporated, and as staff vice president of Texas Air Corporation.
McClure graduated from Texas A&M in 1976 with an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics after serving as student body president and receiving the Brown-Rudder Outstanding Student Award. In 1991, the University named him its 115th Distinguished Alumnus. In 1995, Governor George W. Bush appointed McClure to a six-year term on Texas A&M's Board of Regents, where he served two years as vice chairman. He has also served as Vice President of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students and as a member of the Board of Directors of the 12th Man Foundation.
"In every venue in his life and career, Fred has moved into the position of leadership," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "This is yet another recognition of his intellect, savvy and experience in dealing in high profile and complex matters involving many constituencies and interests. The Foundation will be well served by this talented and committed Baylor Lawyer of whom we are so proud."
A native of San Augustine, Texas, McClure and his wife, Harriet, have two children.