New US Ambassador for regional states
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Wednesday November 2, 2011 - Larry Leon Palmer has been nominated as the new US ambassador for several Caribbean states by President Barack Obama.
Ambassador Palmer will serve St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Palmer, who will be based in Bridgetown, Barbados, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has served as President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation from 2005 to 2010.
According to a statement issued from the White House, he was previously U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras from 2002 to 2005 and Charge D’Affaires in Quito, Ecuador.
Additional overseas posts have included the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Paraguay, Korea, and Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Palmer served as Assistant to the President of the University of Texas at El Paso and President of the 41st Senior Seminar, a senior management course for Senior Foreign Service officers.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Palmer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia.
Ambassador Palmer received a B.A from Emory University, an M. Ed. from Texas Southern University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and African Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington.