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Nomination of Melvyn Levitsky To Be an Assistant Secretary of State


The President today announced his intention to nominate Melvyn Levitsky to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters. He would succeed Ann Barbara Wrobleski.

Since 1987 Ambassador Levitsky has been Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to the Secretary at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Prior to this he was U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, 1984 - 1987. He has been Deputy Director for the Voice of America, 1983 - 1984. Ambassador Levitsky was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the Department of State, 1982 - 1983; Director of the Office of U.N. Political Affairs, 1980 - 1982; and Deputy Director, 1978 - 1980. He was an officer-in-charge for bilateral relations in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, 1975 - 1978, and a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, 1972 - 1975. He entered the Foreign Service in 1963 and has served in Germany and Brazil. Ambassador Levitsky also received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 1986.

Ambassador Levitsky graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1960) and the State University of Iowa (M.A., 1963). He was born March 19, 1938, in Sioux City, IA. He is married and has three children.

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