Butenis sworn in as new U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 2009, 08:23 GMT]
Patricia A. Butenis, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, who served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2007-2009, presented to her credentials as U.S. Ambassador in Colombo Thursday, according to a press statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Colombo.
From 2006-2007, she served as Ambassador to Bangladesh and from 2004-2006 as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.
Extracts from the statement issued by U.S. Embassy in Colombo follow:
Patricia A. Butenis was nominated by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives on May 27, 2009. She was confirmed by the Senate on August 4, 2009 and sworn in on August 19, 2009. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Minister-Counselor.
Ms. Butenis joined the Foreign Service in 1980. She has served as Vice Consul in Karachi, Pakistan (1980-1982); Vice Consul/Political Officer in San Salvador, El Salvador (1982-1985); Consul in New Delhi, India (1985-1988); El Salvador Desk Officer (1988-1990); and Consul (American Citizen Services Chief) in Bogotá, Colombia (1990-1993). She attended the National War College (1993-1994) and also served at the Visa Office, Field Liaison, in the Department of State (1994-1997). She then served as Consul General in Warsaw, Poland (1998-2001) and Consul General in Bogotá, Colombia (2001-2004).
Ms. Butenis received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Relations from Columbia University.