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The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas W. Simons, Jr., of the District of Columbia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Poland. He would succeed John R. Davis, Jr.
Currently Dr. Simons is diplomat-in-residence, visiting scholar, and adjunct professor of history at Brown University in Providence, RI. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs; member of senior seminar in foreign policy, 1985 - 1986; Director for Soviet Union Affairs at the Department of State, 1981 - 1985; Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom, 1979 - 1981; Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, 1977 - 1979; and chief of the external reporting unit in the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, 1975 - 1977. In addition, Dr. Simons served as a member of the policy planning staff, 1974 - 1975; international relations officer (MBFR and CSCE) in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the Department of State, 1972 - 1974; council on foreign relations international fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, CA, 1971 - 1972; political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, 1969 - 1971; consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, 1968 - 1969; Polish language training, 1967 - 1968; and secretary of delegation and technical secretary for the U.S. delegation to the 6th round of trade negotiations in the GATT, 1964 - 1967.
Dr. Simons graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1958) and Harvard University (M.A., 1959; Ph.D., 1963). He was born September 4, 1938, in Crosby, MN. Dr. Simons is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC.