President Obama Nominates Lawrence University Alumnus for U.S. Ambassadorship

The White House has announced Lawrence University graduate Walter North has been nominated by President Obama as U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu.

A 1972 graduate of Lawrence originally from Mount Hermon, Mass., North is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Egypt. He previously served as USAID Mission Director in Indonesia (2007-2011); India (2000-2004); and Zambia (1996-2000), as well as Deputy Mission Director in Ethiopia (1992-1996).

North’s positions at USAID’s Washington headquarters have included interim assistant administrator for the Bureau for Africa (2006-2007); deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination (2005-2006); and deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Asia and the Near East (2004-2005).

Prior to joining USAID in 1980, North was a project manager for the non-profit, humanitarian organization, CARE in India and Bangladesh, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in theatre-drama at Lawrence, North earned a juris doctor degree from George Washington University Law School and a master of public administration degree from Harvard University.

Christopher Murray, a 1975 Lawrence graduate, is currently the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo. David Mulford, a 1959 Lawrence graduate, served as U.S. Ambassador to India from 2004-2009. Shaun Donnelly, a 1968 Lawrence graduate, served as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1997-2000. From the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Donnelly concurrently served as non-resident U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Maldives.

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