Ambassador Mary Ann Peters became the fourth provost of the U.S. Naval War College on September 18, 2008. Previously, she was dean of academics of the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch – Partenkirchen, Germany. Prior to becoming the dean of the college, Ambassador Peters served as associate director for international liaison at the Marshall Center.
Ambassador Peters spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. From 2000 to 2003, Ambassador Peters served as the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the mission’s efforts in support of the war on terrorism and other key U.S. foreign policy goals. She received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2003 for her work in Bangladesh. Prior to her posting in Dhaka, Ambassador Peters was the deputy chief of mission at the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, responsible for the management of the embassy and supervision of the six U.S. consulates general in Canada. From 1995 to 1997, Ambassador Peters served in the White House as Director for European and Canadian Affairs at the National Security Council. Among other portfolios in this position, Ambassador Peters worked on the diplomatic and security aspects of the search for peace in Northern Ireland. From 1993 to 1994, Ambassador Peters served as deputy assistant secretary of state with oversight responsibility for U.S. relations with 19 Western European countries and Canada. In this capacity she acted as the U.S. chair of the U.S. – Canada military coordination body, the Permanent Joint Board on Defense.
A senior diplomat, fluent in six foreign languages, Ambassador Peters has also served in Sofia, Bulgaria, as deputy chief of mission; in Moscow as economic counselor; and in Mandalay, Burma as principal officer. From 1988 to 1990, Ambassador Peters was the deputy director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Affairs in the State Department. She began her career as a vice-consul in Frankfurt in 1975.
Ambassador Peters holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University and a Master’s in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Her formal education also included courses at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Ambassador Peters is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security.