THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES A. PETER BURLEIGH AS AMBASSADOR TO THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA AND TO THE REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES
The President today announced his intention to nominate A. Peter Burleigh of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service and Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as well as to the Republic of Maldives.
Mr. Burleigh has been a Foreign Service Officer since 1967. He has served in India, Nepal, Bahrain, as well as Sri Lanka and in several positions in the State Department in Washington. Most recently he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel; Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research; and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.
Mr. Burleigh was born March 7, 1942, in Los Angeles where he attended public schools, graduating from Hollywood High School in 1959. He attended Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., earning an AB degree in 1963. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1963 to 1965; studied and was a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania from 1965 to 1966; and returned to Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar from 1966 to 67 before joining the Foreign Service. He speaks, reads and writes Sinhalese, the national language of Sri Lanka -- as well as several other languages. He has been the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards. Mr. Burleigh resides in Washington, D. C.