RPCV Aaron Williams (Dominican Republic 67-70) has been confirmed to become the 18th Director of the Peace Corps. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination today in one of its final actions before a five week recess.
"The Peace Corps community is thrilled with Aaron Williams' rapid confirmation", said NPCA President Kevin Quigley. "We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Aaron and eagerly look forward to working with him to build a better and bolder Peace Corps that realizes much more of its promise."
During a non-controversial hearing on July 29th before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) - also a Dominican Republic RPCV - indicated his hope the confirmation could come before the August recess and said on several occasions he is excited at the prospect of working with Williams. That sentiment was echoed by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) who told Williams "I commend the President on your appointment."
Harris Wofford introduced Williams during the hearing, drawing comparisons to Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, adding "I am sure he would recognize Aaron Williams as the kind of leader the Peace Corps needs today."
Saying "Peace Corps is a cost effective way for the United States to expand its humanitarian presence", Williams said he looks forward to working to strengthen, reform and grow the agency.