November 6, 1987

The President today accorded the personal rank of Ambassador to Morris D. Busby, of Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, in his capacity as Special Negotiator for Central America.

Since early 1987 Mr. Busby has been the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs at the Department of State. Previously he was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, 1984 - 1987. From 1982 to 1983, Mr. Busby was alternate representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland. From 1976 to 1980, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Ocean Affairs and served with the rank of Ambassador during the periods he represented the United States at international conferences and meetings on fish and wildlife matters. In 1975 Mr. Busby joined the Department of State as an international relations officer in the Office of the Coordinator of Ocean Affairs.

Mr. Busby graduated from Marshall University (A.B., 1960) and George Washington University (M.S., 1971). he served in the United States Navy, 1960 - 1975. Mr. Busby was born March 15, 1938, in Memphis, TN. He is articulate in Spanish and French. Mr. Busby is married, has two children, and resides in Arlington, VA.