|Intro||(1943- ) “Image Ownership: Public Domain” On October 1, 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Mattie R. Sharpless to be the next United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic. After confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Sharpless was at her|
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Mattie R. Sharpless (born July 1, 1943) retired after 41 years working for the Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). When she retired in January 2006, she had attained the rank of Ambassador, retired from the U.S. Foreign Service. From July 2003 to January 2006, she served as Special Adviser to USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. From 2001-2003, she was U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic.
When she was nominated to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic, Sharpless was Acting Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Sharpless holds a Masters in Business Administration and Economics from North Carolina Central University and a B.S. Degree in Business Education from North Carolina College.
Sharpless grew up in Hampstead, North Carolina, the daughter of James and Lecola Sharpless. She graduated from Pender County Training School in Rocky Point.
Honors and awards
Sharpless has received many awards including the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Woman of the Year Award from the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Superior Honor Award from the USDA and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award.