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Alumnus to be Nominated to Ambassador's Post

— by on March 5th, 2012

President Barack Obama will be nominating Edward (Ned) Alford, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1977, to be ambassador to the Republic of the Gambia. Ned has a long and distinguished career in the foreign service, a rank of minister counselor and, since 2009, the post of consul general at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ned joined the foreign service in 1978, after earning a B.A. in politics and German from W&L and spending three years in the U.S. Army, where he worked as a translator of German. His career has taken him to many posts around the world: as management counselor in Baghdad and Islamabad; as manage-ment minister counselor in Moscow; as general services officer in Rome and Dhaka; and as management officer in Windhoek—to name just a few.

He’s seen service in Washington, too, as executive director of the Bureaus of Near East Asia and South Central Asian Affairs, senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Management, and post management officer for East Africa.

You can read more about Ned, including awards for his work, here, at the website of the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt.