Examples of Excellence

From among the legions of outstanding diplomats who have served the United States since the middle of the 20th century, the following 25 individuals were chosen to exemplify the highest standards of the profession. The list is by no means intended to be exhaustive, or to suggest that others are not equally, if not more, deserving of such attention.


Eric J. Boswell (1945- )

Eric Boswell’s Foreign Service career was marked by an exceptional record of accomplishment in administration and diplomatic security. With the personal rank of ambassador, he served in senior management and security positions for both the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, as well as the Pan American Health Organization. From 1996 until his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1998, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions. In October 2005 Ambassador Boswell was appointed Assistant Deputy Director for Security in the Office of the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Management. In that capacity he was assigned responsibility for developing clear and uniform standards for the U.S. intelligence community, giving special attention to such critical issues as access to facilities, electronic access to systems and databases, and clearance of personnel.