The President today announced that he will nominate James Keough Bishop, of New Rochelle, N.Y., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Niger. He would replace Charles A. James, who has resigned. Bishop is currently Director of North African Affairs at the State Department.
He was born July 21, 1938, in New Rochelle. He received a B.S. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1960.
Bishop joined the Foreign Service in 1960 and served as a press officer at the State Department from 1961 to 1963. From 1963 to 1966, he was vice consul in Auckland, and from 1966 to 1968, he was economic officer in Beirut. From 1968 to 1970, he was economic officer in Yaounde.
From 1970 to 1974, Bishop was an international relations officer at the Bureau of African Affairs, and from 1974 to 1976, he was Deputy Director of the Office of West African Affairs. In 1976-77 he took the executive seminar in national and international affairs at the Foreign Service Institute. Since 1977 he has been Director of North African Affairs.