May 20, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Jose S. Sorzano to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He would succeed Kenneth L. Adelman.

Dr. Sorzano is currently serving as the Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Previously he was associate professor of government at Georgetown University. He conducted lectures and seminars at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In 1976 - 1979 he was Director of the Peace Corps in Bogota, Colombia, and supervised the largest Peace Corps program in Latin America. He was escort interpreter with the Department of State in 1963 - 1965.

Dr. Sorzano is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Superior Achievement Award for outstanding performance of the duties and responsibilities of a Peace Corps Country Director (1977) and a two-step meritorious increase in recognition of having tripled Peace Corps programs in Colombia without increasing administrative and managerial costs (1979).

He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S., 1965; Ph. D., 1972). He is married, has two children, and resides in Arlington, Va. He was born in Havana, Cuba, on November 9, 1940.