The President today announced his intention to nominate Hugh Kenneth Hill, of California, 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 People's Republic of Bulgaria. He would succeed Sol Polansky.
Since 1988 Mr. Hill has served as counselor and then chief of the Senior Officer Division at the Department of State. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, 1984 - 1988; Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, 1982 - 1984; Deputy Director of the Office of Security Assistance and Foreign Military Sales in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, 1980 - 1982; management analyst in the Bureau of Management Operations, 1978 - 1980; human rights officer in the Bureau of Human Rights at the Department of State, 1976 - 1978; and political officer for the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1973 - 1976. In addition, Mr. Hill has served as a desk officer for the Federal Republic of Germany in the Office of German Affairs at the Department of State, 1970 - 1972; vice consul/consul for the U.S. mission in West Berlin, 1968 - 1970; vice consul for the U.S. consulate general in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, 1966 - 1968; and vice consul for the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem, 1965 - 1966. He entered the Foreign Service in 1964.
Mr. Hill graduated from the University of California (B.A., 1959; M.A., 1964). He was born June 14, 1937, in Cushing, TX. Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Army, 1961 - 1963. Mr. Hill is married, has three children, and resides in Bethesda, MD.