THE WHITE HOUSE
Office the Press Secretary (Aboard Air Force One)
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD A. BOUCHER AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR
PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Richard A. Boucher as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Department of State.
Mr. Richard A. Boucher, of Bethesda, Maryland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Spokesman for the Department of State. Prior to that he served as the U.S. Senior Official for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) with responsibility for U.S. participation in the twenty-one-member organization. A former Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus from 1993 to 1996, Mr. Boucher is a seasoned expert in Asian affairs, having served as principal officer in Hong Kong, as economic officer in Shanghai, and as consular officer in Guangzho and Taipei. He has served as U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau.
Mr. Boucher received a B.A. degree from Tufts University and he pursued graduate studies at George Washington University.
The Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs acts as director of the development and execution of Department-wide public information policies and will oversee public outreach efforts to the American public on foreign policy issues.