The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard Wayne Bogosian, of Maryland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Niger. He would succeed William Robert Casey.
Mr. Bogosian began his career in the Foreign Service in 1962. He attended the Foreign Service Institute and was then assigned to the Near East and South Asian Affairs Division of the Department of State until 1963, when he went to Baghdad, Iraq. He served there until he returned to study French at the Foreign Service Institute in 1965. In 1966-1968 he served as vice consul in Paris, France, returning to the Department to serve in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research until 1971. In 1972 he studied economics at the Foreign Service Institute and was then assigned as chief of the economic section in Kuwait until 1976. He became deputy chief of mission in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1976, where he served until 1979, when he became chief of the Aviation Negotiations Division in the Department. Since 1982 he has been Director of the East African Affairs Office in the Bureau of African Affairs.
He graduated from Tufts College (A.B., 1959) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1962). He speaks Arabic and French. He is married to the former Claire Marie Mornane, and they have three children. He was born July 18, 1937, in Boston, MA.