Ronald A. Tschetter Unanimously Confirmed by the United States Senate as the 17th Director of the Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2006 Ronald A. Tschetter was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as the 17th Director of the Peace Corps last night. Mr. Tschetter was nominated by President George W. Bush on July 25, 2006.

I am honored by the trust President Bush has placed in me and grateful to the United States Senate for their confidence, said Mr. Tschetter. My wife and I served together as Peace Corps volunteers, and our experience continues to inspire and affect every aspect of our lives today. I look forward to encouraging more Americans to become Peace Corps volunteers and continuing the fine tradition of this great agency around the world.

Tschetter and his wife, Nancy, served as Peace Corps volunteers from 1966-1968 in India as community health workers. After returning home from India, Mr. Tschetter worked in the financial securities industry for over 30 years, gaining strong management and leadership skills throughout his distinguished career.

I am so happy to welcome Ron Tschetter to the Peace Corps, said Acting Director Jody Olsen. I look forward to working with him as Deputy Director and ensuring that the 7,810 Peace Corps volunteers around the world continue to represent the best America has to offer in the countries where we serve.

Mr. Tschetter will replace Gaddi H. Vasquez, who became the United States Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome on September 7, 2006. Mr. Tschetter will be officially sworn in as Director in the coming weeks. Until that time, Deputy Director Olsen will continue to serve as Acting Director.

The Peace Corps is celebrating a 45-year legacy of service at home and abroad, and a 30-year high for volunteers in the field. Since 1961, more than 182,000 volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 138 countries where volunteers have served. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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