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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 31, 2001

President Bush to Nominate Austin to be Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Trinidad And Tobago

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Roy L. Austin to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

"Roy Austin has extensive knowledge of the histories and cultures of Caribbean nations.  His longstanding ties to this region will serve him well as the next U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago," said President Bush.

Austin has been a member of the faculty at Pennsylvania State University since 1972, and he is presently an Associate Professor of Sociology, Justice and African American Studies.  From 1994 to 1998, Austin was the Director of the Crime, Law and Justice program in the Department of Sociology. While living in St. Vincent, West Indies, Mr. Austin was a secondary school teacher and Customs Officer.  He is the recipient of the Theodore Johnson Memorial Award, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Certificate of Citizen Service and the Forum on Black Affairs Humanitarian Award.  Originally from St. Vincent, West Indies, he received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and both his Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.


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