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Edward Gnehm : biography

November 10, 1944 -

Edward William Gnehm, Jr., also known as Skip Gnehm (born November 10, 1944, Carrollton, Georgia) was most recently the U.S. ambassador to Jordan, and is now a faculty member at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.


Gnehm graduated from Albany High School and George Washington University (1966). In 1968, Gnehm completed a year of graduate study at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Phi Epsilon (professional foreign service fraternity).

Government Service

Gnehm joined the U.S. Department of State in 1969 and has forged a long and distinguished diplomatic career. His positions included: Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel for the U.S. Department of State; Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asia; Deputy Chief of Mission, American Embassy, Amman, Jordan, and Embassy Sanaa, Yemen; head of the U.S. Liaison Office, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Deputy Principal Officer, U.S. Interests Section, Damascus, Syria.

He was Ambassador to Kuwait from 1991 to 1994; Ambassador to Australia from 2000 to 2001; and Ambassador to Jordan from 2001 to 2003.

George Washington University

Throughout his career, Gnehm has remained active at George Washington, having served both on the Board of Trustees, and as the vice president of the George Washington Alumni Association. Gnehm has remained active because he loves the school, and he appreciates the experience and education George Washington University provided. Continuing in the family tradition, Gnehm’s son Edward attended George Washington University where he received his BA and an MBA.


  • 1990 - Presidential Meritorious Service Award for public service as Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • 1991 - Presidential Meritorious Service Award for service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
  • 1992 - Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, The George Washington University
  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service - awarded by Secretary of Defense Carlucci for service in the office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service - awarded by Secretary of Defense Perry for support to U.S. forces during and after Desert Storm.

Personal life

Gnehm is married to the former Margaret Scott of Macon, Georgia; together they have two children, Cheryl and Edward III.

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