The President today announced his intention to nominate Gerald L. Olson to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (Legislative Affairs). He would succeed Mary T. Goedde.
Since 1978 Mr. Olson has been vice president for government relations for the Pillsbury Co., in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to this he was executive director for government and community relations at the Cummins Engine Co., 1975 - 1978. He was vice president and division manager for Irwin Management Company, 1971 - 1975, and assistant to the chairman of Cummins Engine Co., 1969 - 1971. Mr. Olson was special assistant and presidential campaign director for Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1967 - 1969, and campaign manager and legislative liaison for Governor Harold LeVander, 1966 - 1967.
Mr. Olson graduated from Mankato State University (B.S., 1958). He was born December 3, 1933, in Sioux Falls, SD, and resides in Deephaven, MN.