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Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2002

IU alumnus nominated for ambassadorship

Miles to represent U.S. in Republic of Georgia

President George W. Bush is continuing to turn to Indiana University for key policy makers and decision makers in his administration. Bush recently announced his intention to nominate an IU alumnus, Richard Monroe Miles, to be ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Georgia.

Miles received a master of arts degree in political science in 1964 from IU, where he also earned a graduate certificate from its renowned Russian and East European Institute in 1975. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Miles has been ambassador to Bulgaria since 1999. From 1996 to 1999, he was chief of mission to Belgrade, and from 1993 to 1996, he served as deputy chief of mission in Moscow.

His previous overseas assignments include service as ambassador to Azerbaijan, principal officer in Berlin and consul general in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). His assignments at the U.S. Department of State include service in the Office of Regional Military Affairs in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, in the Office of East European and Yugoslav Affairs, and in the Office of Soviet Affairs.

Ambassador Miles has received numerous awards for his service including the National Human Intelligence Collection Award.