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Ambassador Carol van Voorst Presents Her Credentials

January 26, 2006

Carol van Voorst presented her credentials as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iceland to President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson January 26 at the President’s official residence, Bessastaðir.

President Bush nominated Carol van Voorst of Virginia to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iceland on October 28, 2005. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 18, 2005 and took the oath of office at the Department of State before Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice on January 3, 2006.

Before her appointment and confirmation, Ambassador van Voorst, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Vienna from August 2004 to December 2005. From 2002 to 2004, she was Director of Austrian, German, and Swiss Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki from 1999 to 2002.

In other foreign assignments, Ambassador van Voorst served as Chief of the Political Department and subsequently Deputy High Representative at the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo (1998-99). She was also assigned to The Netherlands (1981-82), the Sinai (Multinational Force and Observers, 1987-88), and Panama (1992-95).

At the Department of State in Washington, she served as Director of the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs (1995-97), as Norway/Denmark desk officer (1989-91), and as German desk officer (1985-87). Ambassador van Voorst served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1991-92) and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (1984-85). She speaks German and Spanish.

Ambassador van Voorst received an M.A. in international security policy from the National War College in Washington, D.C., in 1998. She also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. She received her B.A. from Hope College in Michigan.

Before joining the Foreign Service in 1980, Ambassador van Voorst taught American history at the City University of New York, edited colonial-era historical papers at New York University, and worked as a congressional aide for the Helsinki Commission in Washington. She was born in Holland, Michigan.

She is married to William A. Garland.