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Chief of Protocol for the White House Nomination of Evan S. Dobelle for the Rank of Ambassador.

February 09, 1977

The President announced today that he intends to nominate Evan S. Dobelle to have the rank of Ambassador while serving as Chief of Protocol for the White House.

Mr. Dobelle was born April 22, 1945, in Washington, D.C. From 1971 to 1973, he was executive assistant to U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke. In 1973 he was elected mayor of Pittsfield, Mass., and he was reelected in 1975. He is presently commissioner of environmental management for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mr. Dobelle completed his undergraduate studies at The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, and the American University School of Government in Washington, D.C. He received a master of education degree from the University of Massachusetts and has completed his comprehensive oral examinations and all academic courses for the Ed.D. degree.

In addition to his position as commissioner of environmental management, Mr. Dobelle is chairman of the board of advisers of Berkshire Community College, president of B'nai B'rith Adullam Lodge No. 420, a member of the board of trustees of the Friends of Tanglewood, and holds the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Senior Civil Air Patrol.

Mr. Dobelle was formerly on the faculty in government/education at California State University at Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, and the University of Massachusetts. He also taught at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University from 1971 to 1973.

Mr. Dobelle is married to Edith Huntington (Kit) Jones of Hamden, Conn. Mrs. Dobelle is a graduate of Colby Junior College for Women and holds a B.A. in education from the University of Massachusetts.

Jimmy Carter, Chief of Protocol for the White House Nomination of Evan S. Dobelle for the Rank of Ambassador. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243797