The President today nominated John A. Bushnell, of Connecticut, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica. He would succeed Deane Roesch Hinton.
Since 1989, Mr. Bushnell has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Republic of Panama. Mr. Bushnell entered the Foreign Service in 1960 and has served in the following positions: assigned to the Department of State, 1960 - 1962; international economist in Bogota, Colombia, 1962 - 1964; international economist in Santo Domingo, 1964 - 1965; program officer for the Agency for International Development, 1965 - 1969; international economist for the U.S. Mission in Geneva, 1969 - 1971; National Security Council, 1971 - 1974; Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of the Treasury, 1974 - 1976; assigned to the Department of State, 1976 - 1981; member of the Board of the Panama Canal Commission, 1980; Deputy Chief of Mission in Buenos Aires, 1982 - 1987; and interfunctional officer in the Office of the Director of Management Policy, 1988 - 1989.
Mr. Bushnell graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1955) and the University of Melbourne (M.A., 1959). He was born July 26, 1933, in New York. Mr. Bushnell is married and resides in Panama.