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On June 19, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Teddy B. Taylor to be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu. Official bio released by the WH below:
Teddy Taylor has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Human Resources since June 2006. Immediately prior to this post, Mr. Taylor was Director of the Office of Employee Relations in the Bureau of Human Resources. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Taylor began his diplomatic career in 1978. He has served as US Consul at the American Embassy in Budapest and the US Interest Section in Havana. Other assignments abroad include service as a consular officer at the US Embassies in Guatemala, Panama and Honduras.
Mr. Taylor’s domestic assignments include: Director of the Orientation Division at the Foreign Service Institute, Special Assistant in the Office of Visa Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Deputy Examiner, Board of Foreign Service Examinations, Bureau of Human Resources, Deputy Director for East Asian and Pacific Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources, Deputy Policy Officer for Latin America at the former United States Information Agency and Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Mr. Taylor holds a BS from Florida A&M University and is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
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If confirmed, Mr. Taylor would succeed Leslie V. Rowe, a career diplomat who was appointed US Ambassador to PNG (also accredited to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) in 2006. Embassy in Port Moresby was established Sep 10, 1975. According to the Historian’s Office, only two non-career appointees had been adventurous enough to served in the islands so far.
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