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William A. Eaton

William Alan "Bill" Eaton is a United States diplomat.

William A. Eaton
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Born 1952
Winchester, Virginia
Education University of Virginia
Occupation Diplomat



William A. Eaton was born in Winchester, Virginia in 1952.[1] He was educated at the University of Virginia, receiving a B.A. in international relations in 1978. After college, he joined the United States Army, serving mainly in South Korea.

Eaton then joined the United States Foreign Service beginning a career as a Foreign Service Officer. In the course of his career, he was posted at Georgetown, Moscow, Istanbul, Milan and Ankara. Eaton is fluid in Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Dutch and Italian. As a political officer in Georgetown, Guyana, Eaton represented the United States in negotiations. He also led successful negotiations between the United States, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union, Canada and Sweden to establish centers for former weapons scientists. During his stints in Washington, D.C., Eaton worked in the Office of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Management, and the Office of the United States Deputy Secretary of State.

In September 1998, Eaton took a three-year break in his diplomatic career, serving as Executive Director of the Young Presidents' Organization.[2]

In 2001, President of the United States George W. Bush nominated Eaton as Assistant Secretary of State for Administration; Eaton held this office from July 13, 2001 until May 25, 2005. Bush then named Eaton United States Ambassador to Panama, with Ambassador Eaton filling this post from September 9, 2005 until August 2008.[3] In 2008, he became Dean of the School of Language Studies at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.

In 2010 Eaton was selected by the Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to be the Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).[4]

In 2013 left his position at NATO to become Vice Chairman of the Board of AFS-USA, Inc. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of this organization.[5]


Eaton is a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Distinguished Service Award, The State Department’s Arnold Raphel Award for Mentoring, 2001 Presidential Meritorious Service Award, 2004 Honorary National Distinguished Principal Award for leadership in international education and the State Department’s Leamon R. Hunt Award for Administrative Excellence.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Patrick F. Kennedy
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
July 13, 2001 – May 25, 2005
Succeeded by
Rajkumar Chellaraj
Preceded by
Linda Ellen Watt
United States Ambassador to Panama
September 9, 2005 – August 2008
Succeeded by
Barbara J. Stephenson


  1. ^ [1] Office of the Historian-Department of State
  2. ^ [2] Bio-William A. Eaton Linkedin
  3. ^ [3] Career History, Department of State
  4. ^ [4] NATO-Who's who -William A. Eaton
  5. ^ [5] About AFS - AFS-USA Board of Directors