George A. Krol was nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan on July 1, 2010.
Krol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1956, and raised in Manchester Township, New Jersey, the youngest of three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Krol. He attended St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in History, magna cum laude, at Harvard University. At Oxford University in England he received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Krol taught at the National War College, and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1982, taking assignments for the State Department in India, Poland and the Ukraine. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires in Minsk, Belarus. Between 1995 and 1997, he was Special Assistant to the Ambassador-at-Large for the New Independent States, and from 1997 to 1999 he served as Director of the Office of Russian Affairs—both positions based in Washington, D.C.
In 1999, Krol was named Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, a post he held through 2002. The following year he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Belarus, a position he held through 2006.
In April 2007, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Krol to be the U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan, but he was never confirmed, although the reasons are unclear. The position remains unfilled.
Prior to his appointment as ambassador to Uzbekistan, Krol served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs. Among his responsibilities was engaging in direct consultation with Uzbek government officials.