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JOHNSON NAMES FIVE OFFICIALS TO GSA'S NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM

 WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Administrator Roger W. Johnson of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced five key appointments at the agency, including the naming of a Chicago real estate management professional as commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service (PBS), the agency's largest organizational unit. The new officials join Johnson and Julia Stasch, deputy administrator and former president and chief operating officer of Stein & Company, as part of GSA's new management team.
 Kenneth R. Kimbrough -- general manager of real estate operations for the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. and a professional with 25 years of experience in real estate development, project construction and facility management -- was named PBS commissioner. He is the first African- American to hold the top-level position.
 Kimbrough will lead a work force of 9,600 employees -- nearly half GSA's total payroll -- and oversee the management and physical security at some 7,200 GSA-owned or leased buildings nationwide. The PBS space inventory of 260 million square feet houses more than 1 million federal workers. PBS has an annual budget of $4 billion.
 Kimbrough received a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in 1968, and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Rochester, N.Y., in 1972.
 Johnson also announced the appointments of Emily C. Hewitt, a partner with the Boston law firm Hill and Barlow, as general counsel and William R. Ratchford, former speaker of the Connecticut General Assembly and a three-term member of Congress, as associate administrator for congressional affairs.
 Hewitt, a Baltimore native who received her law degree with honors from Harvard University in 1978, organized efforts to open the Episcopal priesthood to women and she was one of the first 11 women to be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in July 1974.
 Hewitt, who did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, studied at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and in 1973, she was appointed an assistant professor at Andover Newton Theological School. She has been an active, charitable and political fundraiser, most recently serving with the New England finance committee for Clinton-Gore, which raised $4.5 million for the 1992 presidential campaign.
 Ratchford since 1985 has been a principal with the Washington, D.C., government affairs firm of Gold and Liebengood. He practiced law in Danbury, Conn., from 1960 to 1977.
 A long-time Democratic activist and Clinton for President delegate from Arlington County, Va., in 1992, Ratchford served in the Connecticut State Assembly from 1963 to 1974 and represented Connecticut's 5th congressional district from 1979 to January 1985.
 Johnson announced the appointment of Patrick Dorinson, corporate affairs director to the Clinton-Gore Presidential Inaugural Committee, as associate administrator for public affairs, and Henry Connors, a former executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party, as director of media relations.
 Dorinson, who has served as a political consultant and fund-raiser for several presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns, will act as GSA's chief spokesman.
 Dorinson, who received a B.S. degree in history and political science from the University of Oregon in 1975, joined the Clinton for President campaign committee in November 1991 as finance director for the western states during the 1992 primaries. He performed the same duties for the Democratic National Committee during the general election.
 Dorinson succeeds Connors, who has been serving as acting associate administrator for public affairs since February. He will now direct the media relations staff, which is part of the public affairs office.
 Connors, prior to joining GSA, worked in the Presidential Transitions communications department and the Democratic National Committee's Victory `92 coordinated campaign. He also has worked on the Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Guiheen of the U.S. General Services Administration, 202-501-1231/


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