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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 11, 2005

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate one individual and appoint one individual to serve in his Administration:

The President intends to nominate Pamela E. Bridgewater, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ghana. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Bridgewater currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at Howard University. Most recently, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. She previously served as Chief of Mission in Cotonou, Benin. Earlier in her career, Ambassador Bridgewater served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Nassau, Principal Officer in Durban, and Political Officer in Pretoria. She earned her bachelor's degree from Virginia State University and her master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.

The President intends to appoint Tamala Lynne Longaberger, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the National Women's Business Council. Ms. Longaberger currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Longaberger Company in Newark, Ohio. She began her career at The Longaberger Company over twenty years ago, and was President for ten years. Ms. Longaberger earned her bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University.

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