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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 13, 1996


The President today announced the nomination of Stanley Schrager of Chicago, Illinois, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti.

Mr. Schrager is currently serving as the Counselor for Public Affairs and the U.S. Spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since his arrival in Haiti in 1993, Mr. Schrager has played a prominent role in articulating U.S. policy. This has led to the departure of the military regime, the restoration of democracy, recent Presidential elections and the inauguration of Rene Preval as the President of Haiti in February of 1996.

In his 25 years in the Foreign Service, Mr. Schrager has served in Romania, Zaire, Cameroon, Chad, Saudi Arabia and was the Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Mauritania. From 1987 to 1991, he was Counselor for Public Affairs in Manila, Philippines, where he also served as the U.S. spokesman during the negotiations on the future of Clark Air Force Base and Subic Naval Base.

Mr. Schrager was born in New York on May 11, 1941. After graduating from Northwestern University, he taught for one year in a suburban Chicago high school, then spent two years in Venezuela in the Peace Corps. He joined the Foreign Service with the United States Information Agency in 1971 after having taught in the Chicago public high school system for five years.

His foreign languages are French, Spanish, Arabic, Romanian and Creole. Mr. Schrager has three daughters, Monica, 22; Brita, 21; and Alaina, 16; and a son, Alexander, 5.