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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 30, 2005

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate two individuals to serve in his Administration:

The President intends to nominate Jendayi Elizabeth Frazer, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs). Dr. Frazer currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. She previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Earlier in her career, Dr. Frazer served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the Department of Defense and the National Security Council. She earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

The President intends to nominate Mark Langdale, of Texas, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Costa Rica. Mr. Langdale currently serves as President of Posadas USA, a hotel management company headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico. Prior to that, he was a founder of Caprock Communications, which develops and operates fiber optic telecommunications trunk lines. Earlier in his career, Mr. Langdale served as Vice President of Thompson Realty Company. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and his J.D. from the University of Houston.

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