Joseph W. Westphal
|Joseph W. Westphal|
|United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia|
March 26, 2014
|Preceded by||James B. Smith|
|United States Under Secretary of the Army|
September 21, 2009 – March 2014
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Nelson M. Ford|
|Succeeded by||Brad Carson|
January 26, 1948 |
|Profession||United States Army administrator
Early life and education
Westphal served as the head of the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University between 1975 and 1987 and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University while working at the law firm of Patton Boggs. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works from 1998 to 2001 and the Acting Secretary of the Army in 2001. He also served as Chancellor of the University of Maine System from 2002 - 2006 and was a professor of Political Science at the University of Maine from 2002 - 2009. He later served as the Provost, at The New School in New York City.
Westphal was a member of President Obama’s Transition Team for Defense and was appointed as the United States Under Secretary of the Army in September, 2009. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia on March 26, 2014 and sworn in the same day.
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|Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
June 1998 – March 2001
Gregory R. Dahlberg (acting)
|United States Secretary of the Army (acting)
March 5, 2001 – May 31, 2001
Thomas E. White
Nelson M. Ford
|United States Under Secretary of the Army
September 21, 2009 – 2014
James B. Smith
|United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia