National Defense University’s New Vice President Visits the Africa Center for Strategic Studies

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 09/19/2011

mceldowney_acss-visit WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, the new Senior Vice President for  National Defense University (NDU), visited the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) on September 16. Ambassador McEldowney was the guest of ACSS Director Ambassador William M. Bellamy (ret.). ACSS Deputy Director Michael E. Garrison presented an overview of the Africa Center’s mission and programs during the visit.


Ambassador Nancy McEldowney
Senior Vice President, National Defense University

mceldowneyAmbassador McEldowney assumed her current position as Senior Vice President of the National Defense University on August 1, 2011. In this capacity, she coordinates the University’s international programs and outreach. Prior to this, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, with oversight responsibility for 49 countries in Europe and Eurasia, as well as the NATO alliance, the European Union, and the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Previously, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara, Turkey and Baku, Azerbaijan. During the Clinton Administration, Ambassador McEldowney served at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council staff.

Ambassador McEldowney has also served overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Cairo, Egypt and Bonn, Germany. In addition, she was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the Soviet Union in Geneva, Switzerland.

Within the Department of State, Ambassador McEldowney has worked in the Office of Soviet Affairs, the office of European Security Affairs, and the Office of the Deputy Secretary. She has also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.

Ambassador McEldowney has been granted the Stated Department’s Superior Honor Award on five occasions, and is also a recipient of the Sinclair Linguistic Award.

Ambassador McEldowney is a member of the Senior Foreign Service. She completed her undergraduate studies at New College and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and the National Defense University. A native of Florida, Ambassador McEldowney is married and has two daughters.

Source: National defense University