View Header


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 1, 1996


The President today announced the nomination of Avis T. Bohlen of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria.

Ms. Bohlen has most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. From 1989 to 1991 she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. Previous assignments include the Soviet desk, the Office of European Security Affairs, the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff, and the U.S. Delegation to the Nuclear and Space Talks, where she was executive director. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1977, Ms. Bohlen worked for three years in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Ms. Bohlen was born April 20, 1940 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1961 and her M.A. from Columbia University in 1965. Languages include fluent French and Russian, as well as Bulgarian and Italian. She is married to David Calleo, Dean Acheson Professor at the Johns Hopkins University of Advanced International Studies.