William J. Hudson joined the Foreign Service in 1972 after completing a BA and MA at UCLA and serving two years in the US Army. His assignments have included tours in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In the Department he served in HR, as Executive Director for the Bureau of African Affairs and later as Executive Director of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Bureaus. In the latter positoin he had key responsibility for re-establishing a US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mr. Hudson served as US Ambassador to Tunisia from 2003 to 2006. He retired in 2006. Since retirement he has worked for the Department of State in several contract positions, including as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Near Eastern Bureau. Mr. Hudson is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious service Award as well as the Secretary’s Career Achievement Award.