The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Chief of Staff Thomas F. ("Mack") McLarty today announced that OMB Deputy Director for Management Philip Lader will serve as White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President.
McLarty said that Lader, 47, will serve as the White House's "Chief Operating Officer." Lader will be responsible, under McLarty's direction, for White House operations and staff, including the coordination of the overall policy development process.
"Having been impressed this past year by Phil's skillful work on reinventing government and his reinvigoration of the 'M' in OMB, I know he will make an important contribution to the Administration in this management role," McLarty said.
McLarty, who was joined by the President, made the announcement at a specially-called White House senior staff meeting this afternoon. The President noted that "I've known Phil for a long time and believe that his integrity, personal qualities, and record of management success will be a genuine asset to the White House."
Lader, trained as a lawyer, is a South Carolina businessman and educator and was a candidate for South Carolina Governor in 1986. Named President of Sea Pines Company, a developer/operator of recreational communities, at age 33, he subsequently was Executive Vice President of a multi-billion-dollar holding company. During his presidency of Winthrop University, the 100- year-old South Carolina institution received the national gold medal for "general improvement in programs" from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. As president of Australia's troubled first private university, he restored stability and improved its academic standing. Lader was President of Washington-based Business Executives for National Security and is the founder/host of Renaissance Weekends, an annual family retreat started in 1981 to focus on public policy and personal issues.
Lader received his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Duke University, an M.A. in American History from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and completed graduate studies in law at Oxford University. He has been a trustee or director of various colleges, corporations, banks, and non-profit institutions.