President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 7/7/2015, 4:33 p.m.
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

· Brad R. Carson – Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense
· Peter William Bodde – Ambassador to Libya, Department of State · Catherine Ebert-Gray – Ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Vanuatu, Department of State · Dennis B. Hankins – Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, Department of State · Elisabeth I. Millard – Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, Department of State

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Brad R. Carson, Nominee for Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

Brad R. Carson is the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and has served as Under Secretary of the Army since March 2014. Previously, Mr. Carson served as General Counsel of the Army from 2012 to 2014. He was a Professor of Business Law at the University of Tulsa from 2009 to 2012 and the Director of the National Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Carson served on active military duty as a U.S. Navy officer deployed to Iraq, embedded with the U.S. Army's 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion from 2008 to 2009. Mr. Carson was the CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, L.L.C. from 2006 to 2008 and a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2005. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Carson represented the 2nd District of Oklahoma in the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Carson received a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.A. from Trinity College at Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Ambassador Peter William Bodde, Nominee for Ambassador to Libya, Department of State Ambassador Peter William Bodde, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, a position he has held since 2012. Ambassador Bodde served as Assistant Chief of Mission for Assistance Transition at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2010 to 2012 and as U.S. Ambassador to Malawi from 2008 to 2010. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2006 to 2008. From 2002 to 2006, Ambassador Bodde was Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to this, he served as Director of the State Department’s Office of Management Policy from 2000 to 2002 and as Administrative Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 1997 to 2000. Ambassador Bodde served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal from 1994 to 1997. His earlier assignments include postings in Denmark, Bulgaria, and Guyana. Ambassador Bodde received a B.A. from the University of Maryland.