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Princeton N. Lyman
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of International Organization Affairs

Princeton Lyman was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs (IO) in March 1997. IO develops and implements U.S. policy in the UN and its specialized agencies and other international organizations.

As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Lyman was responsible for the formation and implementation of U.S. policies with regard to the UN and UN agencies and other international organizations. On UN issues, he works in cooperation with the U.S. mission to the UN.

From 1992 through 1995, Mr. Lyman served as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa during that country's transition from apartheid to democracy. He was Director of the State Department's Bureau for Refugee Programs from 1989 to 1992. Prior to that assignment he served as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria for three years. In the early 1980s he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Mr. Lyman entered government service in 1961. His domestic assignments as a Foreign Service officer also have included U.S.A.I.D.'s Bureau of Program and Policy Coordination, U.S.A.I.D.'s Bureau of African Affairs, and the Institute for Scientific and Technical Cooperation. He also served overseas in Seoul, Korea, and as Director of the U.S.A.I.D. Mission to Ethiopia. He is a recipient of numerous Presidential and State Department performance awards.

Mr. Lyman has a bachelor's degree from the University of California and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is married to Helen Ermann. They have three daughters.

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