THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CHRISTOPHER R. HILL AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO POLAND
The President announced today his intent to nominate Christopher R. Hill to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland.
Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is a native of Little Compton, Rhode Island and a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. He is currently serving as the Senior Director for Southeast European Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). Prior to his assignment at the NSC, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia and a special envoy for the Kosovo crisis. Ambassador Hill has also served in Poland and as the Senior Country Officer for Polish Affairs in the Department of State. His other overseas assignments have included Yugoslavia, Albania and Korea. He is the recipient of several State Department awards including the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations and the Department's Distinguished Service Award for his work on the Bosnian peace negotiations.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Hill served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Cameroon. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a B.A. in Economics in 1974. He received a Master's degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, some Macedonian and limited Albanian.