United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Terence Patrick McCulley presented his credentials to His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria, on November 2, 2010. The United States Senate had confirmed Ambassador McCulley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, on August 5 after being nominated for the position by U.S. President Barack Obama in late June. Director General of the Foreign Service Ambassador Nancy Powell administered the Ambassador's oath in the presence of friends and colleagues at the U.S. Department of State on September 28.
In testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Terence McCulley had emphasized the importance of good governance and accountability as keys to Nigeria realizing its enormous potential. “The elections next year will be a measure of the Nigerian political leadership’s commitment to the democratic process and its desire for a full partnership with the United States.” He also expressed his commitment “to active engagement with civil society, as well as with Nigeria’s anti-corruption institutions, encouraging both to play a role in fighting corruption and encouraging policies that promote transparency and good governance, development, and economic growth.”
Ambassador McCulley served most recently as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2008 to 2010. Before this assignment, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mali from 2005 to 2008. From 2004 to 2005, he worked at the State Department, helping to coordinate reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassies in Togo, Senegal, and Tunisia and also as Consul in Mumbai, India.
Joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. McCulley started his career in Niger, followed by assignments in South Africa and Chad. Returning to Washington in 1993, he worked as the Desk Officer in charge of Zaire during the Rwanda genocide, the massive influx of refugees into eastern Zaire and the beginnings of the conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. He has received four Department of State Superior Honor Awards.
Terence McCulley, who hails from Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History and French Language and Literature. As a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellow, he studied Political Science at the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France. In addition, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Ambassador Terence McCulley is fluent in French. He and his wife have two sons.