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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Leonard J. Baldyga, former Director of the Office of European Affairs at the United States Information Agency, and John R. Price, Managing Director of The Chase Manhattan Corporation, have been named to the Board of Directors at the Sabre Foundation of Cambridge, Mass. Sabre is devoted to building free institutions and has become the largest donor of text books and on-line technologies to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as to selected countries in other regions.
Mr. Baldyga brings with him more than thirty years of experience at USIA. As Director of the Office of European Affairs, he managed all phases of education and information programs in Western and Eastern Europe, acting as principal authority between Washington and 74 overseas posts. Under his leadership, USIA opened twenty new offices in twelve months as the Soviet Union collapsed and new countries emerged. Mr. Baldyga has served on the Steering Committee for Sabre's Scientific Assistance Project since 1994.
John Price handles government relations on a worldwide basis for The Chase Manhattan Corporation. He is President of Americans for Oxford, Inc., a member of the Council of Foreign Relations; director of the National Foreign Trade Council and a member of the board of directors of The Principal Financial Group and Transcell Technologies. He has also served as president of the Bankers' Association for Foreign Trade. A Rhodes scholar, Mr. Price received his LL.B. and J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965.
As board directors, Mr. Baldyga and Mr. Price join Anne D. Neal (President of Sabre), Kenneth G. Bartels, Josiah Lee Auspitz, T.J. Coolidge, Lee W. Huebner, J. Eugene Marans, Stanley W. Stillman, Peter J. Wallison and J. Jackson Walter.
Sabre Foundation was established in 1969 and has ongoing programs in Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan and plans to establish programs in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Grenada, Ghana, South Africa and the West Bank/Gaza, as well as for Tibetan school in India and Nepal. To date, Sabre has sent more than two million books to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union drawing on a donor base of close to 200 publishers.