January 10, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Malcolm R. Barnebey, of Texas, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to Belize. He would be the first accredited American Ambassador to Belize.

Mr. Barnebey served in the United States Army in 1946. He was a teaching assistant at North Texas State University in 1949 - 1950, and an instructor at Weatherford College in 1950 - 1952.

He entered the Foreign Service in 1952 as political officer in Vienna and was economic officer in La Paz in 1955 - 1957. In 1957 - 1958 he attended advanced economic studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He was foreign affairs officer in the Department in 1958 - 1961. He was deputy principal officer in Guayaquil (1961 - 1963) and program officer in Quito on detail at the Agency for International Development (1963 - 1964). In 1964 - 1967 he was Deputy Director, then Director of the Office of Ecuadorean-Peruvian Affairs in the Department. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Managua (1967 - 1970) and in La Paz (1970 - 1972). He attended the executive seminar in national and international affairs at the Foreign Service Institute in 1972 - 1973. In 1973 - 1976 he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Lima. In the Department he was Deputy Director of the National Security Council Interdepartmental Groups and Director of Policy and Plans (1976 - 1977), and Director of Andean Affairs (1977 - 1980). Since 1980 he has been principal officer, then charge d'affaires, in Belize City.

He graduated from North Texas State University (B.A., 1949; M.A., 1951). His foreign languages are Spanish and German. He was born November 8, 1927, in Omaha, Nebr.