29. Memorandum From the Director of the United States Information Agency (Reinhardt) to all USIA Employees1


It is with a great sense of humility, honor and dedication that I accept President Carter’s nomination2 and now assume the position of Director of the U.S. Information Agency.

During the months ahead, as we discuss and determine the future course of USIA, I shall count on your support. I come to my new position with a knowledge and understanding of the importance of our work and of the professionalism which characterizes our career service. Each of us is convinced that public diplomacy is an integral part of the foreign policy process and that its practitioners must be dedicated, imaginative, and untiring.

It is an honor for me to join with you once again and to have the opportunity to participate in the further development and refinement of our programs.

John E. Reinhardt
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 306, USIA Historical Collection, Office of the Director, Biographic Files Relating to USIA Directors and Other Senior Officials, 1953–2000, Entry A–1 1069, Box 23, John E. Reinhardt, Speeches, 1977–1978. No classification marking.
  2. See footnote 2, Document 21.