THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NOMINATES RICHARD HENRY JONES AS AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF LEBANON
The President today announced his nomination of Richard Henry Jones of Nebraska, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, as Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon.
Mr. Jones has served in Washington, Paris, Tunis and Riyadh, while concentrating on economic and Middle East issues. Aside from serving in Washington as Director of the State Department's Office of Egyptian Affairs since June 1993, Mr. Jones has served in Embassy Riyadh as Counselor for Political Affairs from 1989 to 1992 and Petroleum Attache from 1984 to 1986 and in the Department as Director of Developed Country Trade in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs from 1987 to 1989. He has received several U.S. government awards, including awards for performance during the Gulf War and for commercial and trade negotiations.
Before joining the Foreign Service in 1976, Mr. Jones earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and his M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he was also named a University Fellow. In 1980, he also received a Ph.D. in Business/Statistics from the University of Wisconsin. He graduated from the State Department's Senior Seminar in June of 1993.
Mr. Jones was born August 11, 1950 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His foreign languages are Arabic and French. He and his wife, Joan, are the parents of four children, ranging in age from two to 17.