Earlham Alum up For Another Federal Post

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An Earlham College graduate has been named to a key federal post. President Barack Obama has nominated David Shear to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. The appointment still requires Congressional approval. Shear currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam. From a White House News Release Issued December 19

Ambassador David B. Shear, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Department of Defense

Ambassador David B. Shear is the U.S. Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a position he has held since 2011. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State (DOS). Previously, he was the Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at DOS. Mr. Shear joined the Foreign Service in 1982 and has served in Sapporo, Beijing, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Shear received a B.A. from Earlham College and an M.A from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and has attended Waseda University, Taiwan National University, and Nanjing University.

Source: The White House