Edward Gnehm

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Edward Gnehm
United States Ambassador to Kuwait
In office
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by W. Nathaniel Howell
Succeeded by Ryan Crocker
United States Ambassador to Australia
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Genta H. Holmes
Succeeded by Thomas Schieffer
United States Ambassador to Jordan
In office
August 7, 2001 – July 12, 2004
President George W. Bush
Preceded by William Joseph Burns
Succeeded by David Michael Satterfield
Personal details
Born (1944-10-10) October 10, 1944 (age 72)
Carrollton, Georgia
Spouse(s) Margaret Scott
Alma mater George Washington University;
American University in Cairo
Profession Diplomat, Professor

Edward William Gnehm, Jr., also known as Skip Gnehm (born November 10, 1944) is an American diplomat who most recently served as the U.S. ambassador to Jordan. He is now a faculty member at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.[1]


Gnehm attended Albany High School and subsequently attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor's degree in International Affairs in 1966. Berry completed his master's degree in 1968, and spent one year of his graduate studies at the American University in Cairo under a post-graduate Rotary International Fellowship. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Phi Epsilon (The National Professional Foreign Service Fraternity).[2]

Government Service[edit]

Gnehm joined the U.S. Department of State in 1969 and has forged a long and distinguished diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service. His positions included: Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel for the Department of State; Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asia; Deputy Chief of Mission, American Embassy, Amman, Jordan, and Embassy Sanaa, Yemen; head of the U.S. Liaison Office, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Deputy Principal Officer, U.S. Interests Section, Damascus, Syria.

He was Ambassador to Kuwait from 1991 to 1994; Ambassador to Australia from 2000 to 2001; and Ambassador to Jordan from 2001 to 2003.

George Washington University[edit]

Throughout his career, Gnehm has remained active at George Washington, having served both on the Board of Trustees, and as the vice president of the George Washington Alumni Association. Gnehm won the 2015 Harry Harding Teaching Award "for sustained excellence in teaching and extraordinary contributions to the education of Elliott School students." Continuing in the family tradition, Gnehm's son Edward attended George Washington University where he received his BA and an MBA.


  • 1990 - Presidential Meritorious Service Award for public service as Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • 1991 - Presidential Meritorious Service Award for service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
  • 1992 - Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, The George Washington University
  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service - awarded by Secretary of Defense Carlucci for service in the office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service - awarded by Secretary of Defense Perry for support to U.S. forces during and after Desert Storm.

Personal life[edit]

Gnehm is married to the former Margaret Scott of Macon, Georgia; together they have two children, Cheryl and Edward III.


  1. ^ "Edward W. Gnehm, Jr.". George Washington University. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Eta Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon, The National Professional Foreign Service Fraternity. http://deltaphiepsilon.net/Chapters/Eta/Eta_V_Directory.html

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
W. Nathaniel Howell
U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
1991 - 1994
Succeeded by
Ryan Crocker
Preceded by
Genta H. Holmes
U.S. Ambassador to Australia
2000 - 2001
Succeeded by
Tom Schieffer
Preceded by
William Joseph Burns
U.S. Ambassador to Jordan
2001 - 2004
Succeeded by
David M. Satterfield