THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES GEORGE M. STAPLES AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA
The President today announced his intent to nominate George M. Staples as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda.
Mr. George M. Staples, of Pineville, Kentucky, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service. He joined the Foreign Service in 1981, after serving as an Air Force Officer for eight years and as a manager in private industry. His Foreign Service assignments include tours at U.S. Embassies in El Salvador, Uruguay, Equatorial Guinea, The Bahamas, and Zimbabwe. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Staples was assigned as a National Security Affairs Fellow to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Manama, Bahrain. In Washington, Mr. Staples has served as a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center and as the Senior Turkish Desk Officer in the Bureau of European Affairs during the Gulf War.
Mr. Staples holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Business from Central Michigan University. He speaks Spanish.