The President today announced his intention to nominate Charles R. Bowers, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Bolivia. He would succeed Robert S. Gelbard.
Since 1989 Mr. Bowers has served as an Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management at the Department of State. Mr. Bowers has served at the Department of State in several capacities, including: special adviser and senior staff officer, 1988 - 1989; Executive Director for the Bureau of European Affairs, 1980 - 1983; Deputy Executive Director at the Bureau of European Affairs, 1978 - 1980; personnel officer, 1974 - 1975; and special assistant to Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, 1973 - 1974. Mr. Bowers has also served in many U.S. Embassies, including: administrative counselor in Bonn, Germany, 1983 - 1988; administrative counselor in Singapore, 1976 - 1978; general services officer in Warsaw, Poland, 1970 - 1972; and a junior officer in Panama, 1967 - 1969. Mr. Bowers joined the Foreign Service in 1967.
Mr. Bowers graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1966; and M.A., 1967). He was born May 26, 1940, in Carthage, MO. Mr. Bowers served in the U.S. Army, 1961 - 1964. Mr. Bowers is married, has two children, and resides in Arlington, VA.