The President today announced his intention to nominate Christopher W.S. Ross, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Syrian Arab Republic. He would succeed Edward P. Djerejian.
Since 1988 Ambassador Ross has served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria. Prior to this, Ambassador Ross served at the Department of State as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, 1985 - 1988, and as Director of Regional Affairs at the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, 1984 - 1985. Ambassador Ross served as special assistant to the special Presidential envoys to Lebanon, the Middle East, and Tel Aviv, 1982 - 1984; at the Department of State as a public affairs adviser at the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, 1981 - 1982; and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, 1979 - 1981. Ambassador Ross served with the U.S. Information Agency in several capacities: public affairs officer in Algiers, Algeria, 1976 - 1979; information officer in Beirut, Lebanon, 1973 - 1976; branch public affairs officer in Fez, Morocco, 1970 - 1973; junior officer trainee in Tripoli, Libya, 1969 - 1970; and public affairs trainee in Washington, DC, 1968 - 1969. Ambassador Ross entered the U.S. Information Agency in 1968.
Ambassador Ross graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1965) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1967). He was born March 3, 1943, in Quito, Ecuador. Ambassador Ross is married and resides in Algiers, Algeria.