WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement in praise of the confirmation of Dr. Joseph William Westphal, nominated to be United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
"A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Dr. Westphal has devoted his entire career to academia and public service. A respected lecturer at universities around the world, he served as head of the Oklahoma State University Political Science Department, was the Chancellor of the University of Maine, and taught public policy as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He also served on Capitol Hill as a Professional Staff Member on the House Budget Committee, and then as a Special Assistant to Senator Thad Cochran. In the Executive branch, Joe served as an Army Assistant Secretary, the Acting Secretary of the Army in 2001 and as the 30th Under Secretary of the Army for the past 5 years. Joe is a great friend and is always a man of his word. He was key to securing the funds necessary to build Freedom Elementary School at Fort Sill, Okla., for 1,000 Service Members’ children. It will replace two old elementary schools there that were in terrible condition, and is scheduled to open this fall. Secretary Westphal not only honors our military’s commitment to meet the educational needs of the Army, but has also been involved in most all important policy discussions and decisions dealing with the Army for the past 20 years. This background prepares him well for the important position he will take up as our Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Joe is the right man for this vital diplomatic and national security position."