W. Stuart Symington (diplomat)

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Stuart Symington
Ambassador Stuart Symington.jpg
United States Ambassador to Nigeria
Assumed office
October 31, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byJames F. Entwistle
United States Special Representative for the Central African Republic
In office
April 21, 2014 – September 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byvacant
United States Ambassador to Rwanda
In office
November 3, 2008 – July 5, 2011
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byMichael R. Arietti
Succeeded byDonald Koran
United States Ambassador to Djibouti
In office
September 18, 2006 – May 31, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMarguerita Ragsdale
Succeeded byJames C. Swan
Personal details
Born
William Stuart Symington IV

(1952-06-14) June 14, 1952 (age 66)
Spouse(s)Susan Ide
Alma materBrown University
Columbia Law School

William Stuart Symington IV (born June 14, 1952) is an American diplomat who is currently serving as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria and was the former U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic.[1] He is the grandson of former U.S. Senator from Missouri W. Stuart Symington Jr.

Biography[edit]

Symington was the United States Department of State's Representative at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia from 2005-06, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004-05, and Deputy Director of the Department’s Office of West African Affairs from 2003-05.

He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger from 2001 to 2003, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 1997 to 2001, and a Pearson Fellow in the Office of U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton from 1996-97.

Symington received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Ambassadorships[edit]

Djibouti[edit]

He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti from 2006 to 2008.

Rwanda[edit]

He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda from 2008 to 2011.

Nigeria[edit]

Symington was nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria on June 29, 2016.[2] He was confirmed by voice vote on September 29, 2016. He was sworn in on October 31, 2016.[3] After his posting to the country, his name has been used by Nigerian 419 scammers as part of their attempts to con people into giving away money.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Symington, W. Stuart". State.gov. 2005-01-30. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  2. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts", White House, June 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Ambassador W. Stuart Symington U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria".
  4. ^ "Stuart Symington, Ambassador to Nigeria, about your $5m ATM CARD". 1 March 2018.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Arietti
United States Ambassador to Djibouti
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Donald Koran
Preceded by
Marguerita Ragsdale
United States Ambassador to Rwanda
2008–2011
Succeeded by
James Swan
Preceded by
James F. Entwistle
United States Ambassador to Nigeria
2016–present
Incumbent
New office United States Special Representative for the Central African Republic
2014–2016
Vacant