THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES LARRY C. NAPPER FOR RANK OF AMBASSADOR AS
COORDINATOR FOR EAST EUROPEAN ASSISTANCE
The President announced today his intent to nominate Larry C. Napper for Rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Coordinator for East European Assistance.
Mr. Larry C. Napper, of Texas, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Latvia from l995 to l998. After entering the Foreign Service in l974, Mr. Napper was assigned to the United States Embassy in Moscow as Vice Consul. He subsequently served abroad as political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana and a second tour in Moscow. In Washington, Mr. Napper worked in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs and Office of Southern African Affairs at the Department of State. From l989-l99l, Mr. Napper served as Charge d'Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. From l99l-l994, he served as Director of the Department's Office of Soviet Union Affairs, reorganizing it as the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs following the collapse of the Soviet Union. During his tenure, the United States established diplomatic relations with each of the independent states that emerged from the former Soviet Union, opening embassies in their capitals.
He received a B.A. degree from Texas A&M University in l969 and a M.A. degree from the University of Virginia in l974. Mr. Napper served in the United States Army from l969-l972. He speaks Russian, Romanian and Latvian. Mr. Napper and his wife Mary live in Springfield, Virginia. Mrs. Napper is a sixth-grade teacher in the Fairfax County schools. They have two sons, David, age 27, and Robert, age 21.