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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Alvin P. Adams, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Haiti


The President today announced his intention to nominate Alvin P. Adams, Jr., of Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Haiti. He would succeed Brunson McKinley.

Since 1987 Ambassador Adams has served as the Associate Coordinator for Counter Terrorism at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, 1983 - 1985. He has served in several capacities at the Department of State: Deputy Executive Secretary, 1981 - 1983; Director of the Secretariat Staff, 1981; Special Assistant for Legislative and Public Affairs, 1979 - 1981; Deputy Director of the Office of Business Practices, 1977 - 1979; Financial Economist in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, 1976 - 1977; and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, 1974 - 1976. In addition, he has served as a staff member of the National Security Council at the White House, 1972 - 1974; political officer in Saigon, 1971 - 1972; and special assistant to the Ambassador in Saigon, 1969 - 1970.

Ambassador Adams graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1964) and Vanderbilt University (LL.B., 1967). He was born August 29, 1941, in New York, NY. He is married, has one child, and resides in Alexandria, VA.

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