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                        Office of the Press Secretary 
                     (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts)
For Immediate Release                                  August 29, 1997 


The President today announced his intent to nominate Lange Schermerhorn, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti.

Miss Schermerhorn, of New Jersey, has served in a variety of economic, political, trade promotion and management staff positions with the Department of State, overseas in Southeast Asia, the Near East and South Asia, Europe and in Washington, D.C., since entering on duty in 1966. She is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission in the American Embassy in Brussels. From 1990-1993, she was Deputy Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the State Department. Other assignments have included Economic Counselor in Brussels from 1985 to 1988; Deputy Director of the Office of North African Affairs, 1982-1985; Commercial Officer in London, 1978-1981; Economic/Commercial Officer in Tehran, 1974-1977; Operations and Staff Officer in the Secretariat of the State Department, 1970-1973, and Consular Officer in Saigon, 1969-1970. She entered on duty in the Department in 1966 and spent her first tour in Colombo in 1967-1968. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1966, Miss Schermerhorn worked at a San Francisco advertising firm and was a research assistant at the Harvard Business School.

She is a recipient of a bachelor's degree in history and international relations from Mount Holyoke College and also a member of the Class of 1982 of the National War College, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. She obtained a certificate in Economics from the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State in 1974. Her foreign language is French.