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Pamela E. Bridgewater
Ambassador, Benin
Term of Appointment: 10/27/2000 to 01/2003

Pamela E. Bridgewater was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Benin on October 27, 2000. Prior to this appointment, she was a member and president of the 42nd Senior Seminar (1999-2000), the Department of State's most prestigious professional development program.

From 1996 to 1999, Ambassador Bridgewater was Deputy Chief of Mission in Nassau, Bahamas. She has also served as Political Officer in Pretoria, South Africa (1990-1993) and as Consul General in Durban, South Africa (1993-1996); Labor Attache/Political Officer in Kingston, Jamaica; and Vice-Consul in Brussels, Belgium. Her State Department assignments have included the Office of Global Affairs; the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Affairs; the Bureau of European Affairs; and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Ambassador Bridgewater entered the Foreign Service in 1980 after a teaching career that included Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland; Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland; and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Ambassador Bridgewater earned a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia State University in Petersburg in 1968, followed by an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1970. She completed all course work and advanced to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in International Relations from the American University School of International Service (SIS) in 1976. She was awarded the Doctor of Laws Degree (Honorary) from Virginia State University in 1997. She is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia and a graduate of the Walker-Grant High School.

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Released on March 14, 2002

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