July 17, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Hubert Kelly, of Georgia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon. He would succeed Reginald Bartholomew.

Mr. Kelly was a teacher in Danville, VA, and Niles, MI, from 1962 to 1965. He entered the Foreign Service in 1965, was assigned as vice consul in Adana, Turkey, and then joined the U.S. Embassy in Ankara until 1967. After Thai language training in 1968, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and as American consul in Songkhla, Thailand, 1969 - 1971. From 1971 - 1972, he was a student at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. Mr. Kelly was a politico-military analyst in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 1972 - 1973. He was then detailed to the Department of Defense as assistant for Thailand in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 1974 he returned to the Department of State, Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs. From 1975 to 1976, he was special assistant to the Counselor of the Department. Mr. Kelly was then assigned as politico - military officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, from 1976 to 1980. In 1980 he returned first to serve as Director of the Secretariat staff; and in 1981 as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department. From 1981 to 1982, he was a Una Chapman Cox fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Mr. Kelly became Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs from 1982 to 1983, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs from 1983 to 1985. Since 1985 he has been assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary for Management.

Mr. Kelly graduated from Emory University (B.A., 1961) and his foreign languages are French and Thai. He was born July 20, 1939, in Fond Du Lac, WI.