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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 13, 1996


The President today announced the nomination of Alan R. McKee of Bethesda, Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Since 1993, Ambassador-designate McKee has been serving as Consul General and Principal Officer in Johannesburg, South Africa. His previous diplomatic postings include Kaduna, Lagos, Dakar, Ottawa, and The Hague. Immediately prior to his assignment to Johannesburg, Mr. McKee served successively as Deputy Director of the Department of State's Office of Southern African Affairs and as Director of West African Affairs (Anglophone and Lusophone).

Mr. McKee was born May 23, 1943 in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Dartmouth College and holds post-graduate degrees form the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. McKee's experience on the African continent dates back to 1962, when he served with Operation Crossroads Africa in Zimbabwe, and 1968, when he took part in an internship in Ghana with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He speaks Dutch and French. Mr. McKee is married to the former Martha Berry of Lebanon, New Hampshire. He has two grown children, Alexander of New York, New York and Amanda, who currently resides in Johannesburg.