The President today announced that he will nominate W. Howard Wriggins, of the Bronx, N.Y., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Sri Lanka and to the Republic of Maldives. Wriggins is director of the Southern Asian Institute at Columbia University and professor of public law and government.
He was born February 14, 1918, in Philadelphia, Pa. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1940 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1951.
Wriggins was an instructor at Yale University in 1951-52 and an assistant, then associate, professor at Vassar College from 1952 to 1957. From 1958 to 1961, he was Chief of the Foreign Affairs Division of the Legislative Reference Service, Library of Congress, and also served as a part-time faculty member at George Washington University.
Wriggins was a member of the Policy Planning Council at the State Department from 1961 to 1966 and was a senior staff member on the National Security Council in 1966 and 1967. Since 1967 he has been director of the Southern Asian Institute at Columbia.
Wriggins has written several articles on Southern Asia .and was co-editor of "Sri Lanka Journal of Social and Historical Studies" in the autumn of 1975. He serves on the board of trustees of the Asia Society and the Institute of Current World Affairs.