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President Obama nominates Miami alumnus as ambassador to Croatia


Kenneth Merten
Kenneth Merten, Miami '83, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Croatia.

Merten’s appointment was approved by Croatia and his nomination was sent to the Senate on Feb. 13. He will go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a confirmation hearing. Then, Merten will need a full vote in the Senate for formal approval.

Merten’s bachelor’s degree is in diplomacy and foreign affairs. In 2010 Miami awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree. His master’s degree in public administration is from American University.

Merten currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti and was in Haiti when the earthquake struck Jan. 12, 2010. He was an integral part of the coordinated response to heal and rebuild the country.

A career foreign service officer, he joined the Foreign Service in 1987. His previous overseas diplomatic assignments include economic counselor in Paris, France; economic section chief, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; economic officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium; economic officer in Bonn, Germany; and vice consul in Port-au-Prince. He also has served as deputy executive secretary to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


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