The President today announced that he will nominate Diego C. Asencio, of Waldwick, N.J., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Colombia. He would replace Phillip V. Sanchez, resigned.
Asencio was born July 15, 1931, in Nijar, Spain. He received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.
Asencio joined the Foreign Service in 1957 and served as an intelligence research analyst at the State Department until 1959. From 1959 to 1962, he was consular officer in Mexico City, and from 1962 to 1964 he was political officer in Panama.
From 1964 to 1965, Asencio was an international relations officer at the State Department, and from 1965 to 1967 he was special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. From 1967 to 1972, he was political officer, then Deputy Chief of Mission, in Lisbon.
Asencio was counselor for political affairs in Brasilia from 1972 to 1975, and since 1975 has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Caracas.