President Trump to Nominate R.D. James For Assistant Secretary of The Army, Civil Works

The White House has announced President Trump’s intent to nominate R.D. James as Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works (ASA/CW).  

Mr. James has most recently served as a civilian member and engineer on the Mississippi River Commission

Originally appointed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, he has provided water resources engineering direction and policy advice to several Administrations, Congress, and the Army for a drainage basin that covers roughly 41 percent of the United States. 

The White House press release states that Mr. James “is a self-employed farmer and manager of cotton gins and grain elevators in New Madrid, Missouri.  

Over the past 35 years, Mr. James has developed a wealth of knowledge about our nation's critical infrastructure.  

He previously served as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, on the board of directors and executive committee of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, the Cotton Producers of Missouri, the Board of Directors of U.S. Bank of Sikeston, and the board of directors of Osceola Products.  

Mr. James is the recipient of the prestigious Bronze de Fleury medal for his significant contributions to Army engineering, the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Award, and was formerly named the New Madrid County Outstanding Conservation Farmer.  

Mr. James received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.” 




Register online at the discounted rate before October 7, and also book your hotel at the discounted rate before the same date for the 14th Annual Waterways Symposium and WCI Annual Meeting, November 8-10, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama.  

The meetings will be held at the Battle House Hotel26 N. Royal Street.  The event is sponsored by Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), Informa Economics and Waterways Journal.   

To register online, visit:

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Cost: $650 Early Bird Registration (by October 7); $725 after that date.

Registration for guests attending social events only is $250/guest. 

The deadline to reserve your room at the Battle House Hotel under the group rate of $149/night plus tax is October 7. 

(For hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly at 251-338-5307 and reference “Waterways Council.”  Online hotel reservations can be made here.