George A. Krol

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George Krol
George A. Krol, US Dept of State photo portrait.jpg
United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan
Assumed office
March 18, 2015
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by John Ordway
United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan
In office
July 5, 2011 – December 8, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Richard Norland
Succeeded by Pamela Spratlen
United States Ambassador to Belarus
In office
October 22, 2003 – July 24, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Michael Kozak
Succeeded by Karen Stewart
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 60–61)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
Mansfield College, Oxford

George Albert Krol (born 1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a United States foreign service officer and career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. Krol was sworn in on January 8, 2015 as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Personal life[edit]

Krol's home state is New Jersey. He is the youngest of three sons of Anthony J. Krol of Manchester Township, New Jersey.[1]

He attended St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, New Jersey, and received a bachelor's degree in history, Magna Cum laude, from Harvard University, and bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, England.

Krol is married to Melissa Welch.[2]


Krol joined the United States Foreign Service in 1982, and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He held foreign assignments in Poland, India, the Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine and in Belarus. He served as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the United States Embassy in Moscow (1999–2002) and He served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'affaires in Minsk, Belarus (1993–1995). His Washington assignments include Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Director of the Office of Russian Affairs (1997–1999) and Special Assistant to the Ambassador-at-Large for the New Independent States (1995–1997). Krol taught at the National War College and was a member of the State Department’s Senior Seminar. He received several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He speaks Russian and Polish.

He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan 2011-2014 and as the Ambassador to Belarus 2003–2006.


  1. ^ George A. Krol, Our Campaigns. Accessed December 24, 2007.
  2. ^ U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan: Who Is George Krol?, AllGov. Accessed September 15, 2014.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Kozak
United States Ambassador to Belarus
Succeeded by
Karen Stewart
Preceded by
Richard Norland
United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan
Succeeded by
Pamela Spratlen
Preceded by
John Ordway
United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan