Two GSPIA Alums Appointed US Ambassadors

Eric P. Whitaker (MPA ’84) has been named the Ambassador to Niger, while David Dale Reimer (MPIA ’85) was appointed Ambassador to Mauritius with additional responsibility for Seychelles.

According to Allgov.com, Mr. Whitaker, is a career Foreign Service officer, who has spent most of his career in Africa. He was nominated on September 2, 2017. Mr. Reimer, is also a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and has served as an American diplomat since 1991. He is the former Director of the Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State, a position he has held since 2015.

Ambassador Whitaker is from DeKalb, Illinois. He graduated from West Aurora High School and went on to the University of Illinois. He graduated in 1980 with a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in community health education. Whitaker then earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.

Ambassador Reimer, who is from Ohio, is a 1980 graduate of Smithville High School. He attended Goshen (Indiana) College, earning a B.A. in history in 1984. As an undergraduate, he participated in a school program in which he went to Belize, which later was one of his first State Department postings. After graduating from Goshen, Reimer attended the University of Pittsburgh, and earned a master’s in public and international affairs in 1985.


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