The President today announced that he will nominate Edward Marks, of Los Angeles, Calif., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and to the Republic of Cape Verde. He would replace Melissa F. Wells. Marks is Alternate Director of the Office of Central African Affairs at the State Department.
He was born April 22, 1934, in Chicago, Ill. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1956 and an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1975. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.
In 1959 and 1960 Marks was an exchange program officer, and from 1960 to 1963 he was economic officer in Nairobi. He served as consular officer in Nuevo Laredo from 1963 to 1965 and as consular administrative officer in 1965 and 1966.
From 1966 to 1969, Marks was economic officer in Lusaka. In 1969 and 1970 he was an international relations officer, and in 1970 and 1971 he was an economic-commercial officer. From 1971 to 1974, he was economic-commercial officer in Brussels.
Marks was principal officer in Lubumbashi from 1974 to 1976. Since 1976 he has been Alternate Director of the Office of Central African Affairs.