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J. W. PELTASON ELECTED TO WESTERN DIGITAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS; PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM

 J. W. PELTASON ELECTED TO WESTERN DIGITAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS;
 PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM
 IRVINE, Calif., June 4, 1992 -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) announced today that Jack W. Peltason has been elected to its board of directors. Peltason, 68, is Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, a post he has held since 1984.
 In April, Peltason was elected president of the University of California, one of the nation's most distinguished public university systems, a post he will assume on Oct. 1.
 Peltason's election brings Western Digital's board to eight members, including six outside directors.
 "Jack Peltason is widely recognized as a leader in the international business and academic arenas," said Western Digital Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Roger W. Johnson. "His knowledge of the issues facing technology companies in the 1990's and his business skills demonstrated in building UCI into a major university will be of significant value to Western Digital as the company prosecutes its strategy."
 As Chancellor of UC Irvine for the past eight years, Peltason has presided over the greatest period of sustained growth in the university's 27-year history. During that time, enrollment grew 34 percent to 16,949 students; the annual operating budget expanded 42 percent to $581.2 million; and the university's research contracts and grants climbed 86 percent to $78.1 million. Private funds raised increased from $13.5 million in 1984 to a peak of $32.8 million in 1989.
 A well-known political scientist and veteran university administrator, Peltason's relationship with the American business community dates back to his tenure as president of the American Council on Education (ACE) from 1977 to 1984. At ACE, he created the Business of Higher Education Forum, an advisory group comprised of approximately 50 Fortune 500 chief executive officers and 50 presidents and chancellors from the nation's top universities and colleges.
 Before his years at ACE, Peltason served as chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1967 to 1977.
 Peltason serves on a number of other boards, including Koll Management Services Co.; the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA) and the FHP Foundation.
 Western Digital Corp., headquartered in Irvine, is a multinational company that designs and manufactures semiconductor, subsystem and intelligent drive products for OEMs and resellers which serve the microcomputer industry. The company's storage, video and systems logic products are designed to work in concert, and the resulting Interarchitecture products yield increased system functionality and performance.
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