On July 20, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Mark M. Boulware to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chad. The WH released the following brief bio:
Mark M. Boulware is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He currently serves as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Before that he served as Faculty Advisor at the National War College in Washington, D.C. and as Diplomat in Residence at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Previous overseas postings include U.S. Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassies in El Salvador and Cameroon. Mr. Boulware has also served in Mali, Botswana, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Venezuela and Indonesia. In Washington, D.C., he was detailed to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Pearson Fellow.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Boulware served tours of duty in Germany and Nevada as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.