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Bush To Nominate Graduate

Bush To Nominate GraduateFletcher School graduate James Foley slated for nomination as newest United States Ambassador to Haiti. Washington, D.C.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.03.03] The White House today announced that President George W. Bush plans to nominate Tufts graduate James Foley as Ambassador to Haiti. Fluent in French, Foley received his masters degree from Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1984.

"A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Foley currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Geneva, Switzerland where he manages a staff of 240," reported officials in the White House press office.

Formerly deputy spokesman and principle deputy assistant secretary of public affairs for the U.S. State Department, Foley has led a long and accomplished career in government and foreign affairs. While in his post at the State Department, Foley served as spokesman on everything from the Elian Gonzalez custody dispute to U.N. weapons inspections of Iraq.

"Earlier in his career, he served as deputy director of the private office of the NATO secretary general in Brussels, Belgium, and in Manila as a consular officer and political officer," reported the White House.

During that time, he had responsibility for defense and military issues, including all aspects of NATO operations in Bosnia.

A political advisor to then-Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, Foley earned the State Department's "Superior Honors Award."

Foley is one of a large community of Tufts graduates - from Egypt to Senegal to Zimbabwe - serving as ambassadors and top diplomats around the world. Among the most recent to be appointed was Fletcher School graduate David Welch, who was sworn in as Ambassador to Egypt in October of 2001.

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