Kenneth H. Merten

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Kenneth H. Merten
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti Kenneth H. Merten.jpg
United States Ambassador to Croatia
Assumed office
30 October 2012
Preceded by James B. Foley
Personal details
Born Unknown
St. Louis, Missouri
Spouse(s) Susan G. Merten
Children Two
Alma mater Miami University

Kenneth H. Merten (birthdate unknown) is an American diplomat and the current United States Ambassador to Croatia. In addition to his current posting, he has previously had both domestic and overseas diplomatic assignments.


Early life[edit]

Merten was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but moved to Hudson, Ohio when he was twelve, and considers Hudson his home.[1]

He attended Hudson Junior High School and the Walsh Jesuit High School and credits a history teacher named Mark Massa with being influential in his choice of career.[1] Merten graduated from Walsh Jesuit in 1979, and went to Miami University, where he graduated from in 1983 with a BA in diplomacy and foreign affairs.[1] He has also studied at the Aix-Marseille University, the University of Graz and the American University.[1][2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

In 1987, Merten joined the United States Foreign Service.[3] Since then, he has served both at Department of State facilities in Washington, DC and international assignments.[3] Prior to his appointment as ambassador to Haiti, his international experience consisted of assignments in Paris, Brussels and Bonn.[3] He also served in Haiti as vice consul and economic counselor between 1988 and 1990 and between 1998 and 2000 respectively.[1] In 2009, he was appointed to the position of ambassador to Haiti, and began his duties as such on 24 August 2009.[1][3] In 2012, he was appointed to the position of ambassador to Croatia and began his duties as such on 30 October 2012.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Susan Greenman Merten, with whom he has had two daughters, Caryl and Elisabeth.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Kenneth Merten, U.S. ambassador to Haiti, calls Hudson, Ohio, his home". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kenneth H. Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, arrives in Port-au-Prince". US embassy in Port-au-Prince. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Kenneth H. Merten". US Department of State. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
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External links[edit]

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