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Ambassador Roland W. Bullen, a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, was sworn in on July 29, 2003. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador . Bullen served as Deputy Executive Director in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from September 2001 to July 2003. He has served in diplomatic missions in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, as well as in Washington, DC. He was assigned as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados from 1998 to 2001. In Bridgetown he was Charge d’Affaires for more than two years. During this period, he successfully managed a series of trade, banking, money laundering, immigration and tax regulatory issues, and concluded Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) with all seven countries covered by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown.
Ambassador Bullen was born in Grenada, West Indies and came to the United States in 1966. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University in 1970, majoring in public administration. He did post graduate studies at the United States International University in San Diego receiving a Masters of Arts degree in social sciences in 1973.
Ambassador Bullen entered the Foreign Service in 1977 and has served in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Liberia, Belize, Costa Rica and Venezuela. From 1994 to 1996 he served in Washington, DC as a Senior Inspector in the Office of the State Department’s Inspector General. Ambassador Bullen is a recipient of the Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Before joining the State Department, Ambassador Bullen worked for the City of San Diego.
Released on July 29, 2003