Eric J. Boswell assumed his duties as Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security on January 5, 1996. He continues to serves as the Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador, since May 13, 1993.
Ambassador Boswell is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. He joined the Foreign Service in 1972, and served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management, 1992-1993; Executive Director for the Bureau of Middle East and South Asian Affairs, 1990-1992; Minister Counselor for Administration at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, 1987-1990; and Counselor for Administration in Amman, 1985-1987. Prior to that he served in a variety of positions in Washington, and had overseas postings in Quebec and Dakar.
He received senior performance pay awards in 1990, 1991, and 1992, and a Presidential Award for his work during the Gulf War.
Ambassador Boswell is a native of California and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. He speaks French. He is married and has four children.
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