Ambassador Wanda L. Nesbitt most recently served as the Dean of the School of Language Studies. She holds the rank of Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service. She joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1981 as a consular cone officer. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar from 2001 to 2004 and U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, President Obama nominated and the Senate confirmed her as Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia. She also served as Senior Vice President at the National Defense University.