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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 22, 1996


The President today announced his intention to nominate Dennis K. Hays of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, as Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname.

Mr. Hays joined the Foreign Service in 1976 and has served overseas in Jamaica, Burundi and Guyana. While on assignment in the United States, Mr. Hays has served as an advance man on Presidential and Vice Presidential foreign visits, as coordinator for Cuban Affairs, and as director for Mexican Affairs. From 1982 to 1985 Mr. Hays was elected president of the American Foreign Service Association, the Union and professional voice of the Foreign Service.

Mr. Hays was born in Oakland, California on June 1, 1953. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1975 and received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1982. He is a 1993 graduate of the National War College. Mr. Hays is married to the former Katherine Ann Burgess of Montego Bay, Jamaica. They have four children.