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Ambassador Greta C. Holtz assumed her duties as Vice Chancellor at the College of International Security Affairs in January 2016. She most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to The Sultanate of Oman from September 2012 to December 2015. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, Ambassador Holtz served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2010 to 2012, and the Minister-Counselor for Provincial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2009 to 2010.
Additional overseas assignments include postings in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria, and Turkey. In her other assignments at the State Department, Ambassador Holtz served as the Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the State Department’s Coordinator for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and a Senior Watch Officer in the Executive Secretariat’s Operations Center.
Ambassador Holtz received a B.S. in political science from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kentucky, and a M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College. Ambassador Holtz joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute’s Field School in Tunisia, and Turkish at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia.