Gene Cretz

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Gene Cretz
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United States Ambassador to Ghana
In office
October 8, 2012 – July 1, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Donald Teitelbaum
Succeeded by Patricia Alsup (Acting)
United States Ambassador to Libya
In office
January 11, 2009 – May 15, 2012*
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Joseph Palmer
Succeeded by Christopher Stevens
Personal details
Born Gene Allan Cretz
(1950-04-20) April 20, 1950 (age 65)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Rochester
Buffalo State College
Stony Brook University
  • Joan Polaschik served as Chargé d’Affaires while the Tripoli embassy suspended operations from February 25, 2011 – September 22, 2011.

Gene Allan Cretz (born 1950)[1] is a career diplomat, who was most recently the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2012. Before this, he was the first U.S. Ambassador to Libya since 1972, after being nominated in July 2007 by President Bush.[2] His nomination was confirmed by the US Senate on November 21, 2008.[3] He was sworn-in as U.S. Ambassador to Libya by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on December 17, 2008, at the State Department.[4] He arrived in Libya on December 27, 2008. Cretz speaks a number of languages, including Arabic, Dari, Urdu, and Chinese. President Barack Obama nominated him for the post to Ghana in April 2012. He was sworn-in as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on September 11, 2012. His retirement ceremony was held at the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015.

Diplomatic postings[edit]

Gene Cretz previously served in key diplomatic posts in Israel, Egypt and Syria. In addition to these postings, he has also been stationed in Pakistan, India, China, and in Washington D.C. Cretz was Christopher Stevens' immediate predecessor as U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Prior to assuming his post in Libya, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.[5]


Cretz was born in Albany, New York and attended Albany High School, where he taught from 1977 to 1979.[6] He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a master's degree from Buffalo State College at Buffalo. He has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's degree in Linguistics and Secondary Education.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Bush nominates ambassador to Libya". USA Today. 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  3. ^ "US Senate Confirms Diplomat to be First US Ambassador to Libya in 36 Years". Voice of America. 2008-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Ambassador: Biography". United States Embassy in Tripoli. United States Department of State. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Statements by Deputy Chief of Mission Gene Cretz". US embassy, Tel Aviv. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Bryan (12 April 2011). "Long journey from Albany: Gene A. Cretz rose to be U.S. ambassador to Libya". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 

See also[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph Palmer
United States Ambassador to Libya
Succeeded by
Christopher Stevens
Preceded by
Donald Teitelbaum
United States Ambassador to Ghana
Succeeded by
Patricia Alsup