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Ex-Utahn nominated for Peace Corps job

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WASHINGTON — President Bush announced Wednesday that he intends to nominate native Utahn Jody K. Olsen to become the deputy director of the Peace Corps.

Olsen grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Olympus High School. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1965. She later received a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Maryland.

Olsen has served with the Peace Corps three times, beginning when she was a volunteer in Tunisia from 1966 to 1968.

She served in many positions on the paid staff of the Peace Corps in stints from 1979 to 1984 and again from 1989 to 1992.

Her positions there included service as chief of staff for former directors Paul Coverdell and Elaine Chao; regional director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia and the Pacific; and country director in Togo.

Olsen is senior vice president of the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C., and director of its aging/voluntarism initiative.

Presidents routinely announce their intent to nominate officials before actually doing so while background checks are completed. It allows any critics to raise objections before formal nominations are made to the U.S. Senate.