THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DANIEL CHARLES KURTZER AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
President Clinton today announced his nomination of Daniel Charles Kurtzer, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, to be U.S. Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Mr. Kurtzer, of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been in the Foreign Service since 1976, and holds the rank of Minister-Counselor. He began his Foreign Service career in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, where he worked on U.N. political, economic, humanitarian, and development issues. Subsequently, he left the State Department to take up an appointment as Dean of Yeshiva College, the undergraduate men's college of Yeshiva University in New York. He was reappointed to the Foreign Service in 1979, and assigned as second secretary for political affairs at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. In 1982, he was appointed first secretary for political affairs at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Mr. Kurtzer returned to Washington in 1986 to successive assignments as deputy director for Egyptian Affairs, and as speechwriter and member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff. In 1989, he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, with responsibility for the Middle East peace process and U.S. bilateral relations with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon and the Palestinians. In 1994, Mr. Kurtzer was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research, and became the Acting Assistant Secretary in May 1997.
Mr. Kurtzer was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in 1971 from Yeshiva University, and two Masters degrees and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1976.