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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Cynthia Shepard Perry To Be United States Ambassador to Burundi


The President today announced his intention to nominate Cynthia Shepard Perry to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Burundi. She would succeed James Daniel Phillips.

Since 1986 Ambassador Perry has served as Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone. Prior to this, she was Chief of the Education and Human Resources Division at the Agency for International Development, 1982 - 1986; dean of international student affairs and professor of education at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX, 1978 - 1982; staff trainer for the United Nations Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1976 - 1978; and an in-country Peace Corps trainer in Kenya and a U.S. Information Service consultant in Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia, 1974 - 1976. In addition, Ambassador Perry served as an associate professor of education and Associate Director of the Teacher Corps and Peace Corps at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX, 1971 - 1974; and Director of the National Teacher Corps at the University of Massachusetts School of Education, 1968 - 1971.

Ambassador Perry graduated from Indiana State University (B.S., 1968) and the University of Massachusetts (Ed.D., 1972). She was born November 11, 1928, in Terre Haute, IN. Ambassador Perry is married and has six children.

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