Alumnus nominated by Trump for state department post

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University graduate Carl C. Risch has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump for the post of assistant secretary of state for Consular Affairs.

Risch, a 1992 graduate with a bachelor of arts in political science, is the acting chief of staff in the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. He was previously the field office director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the American Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. He is a highly regarded Pennsylvania attorney.

A senior immigration official abroad and in Washington, D.C. for over a decade, and a former foreign service officer (Consular) with the Department of State, Risch is expert in the responsibilities and challenges of managing Consular Affairs worldwide. He earned his juris doctorate from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle.

The assistant secretary of state for Consular Affairs is the head of the Bureau of Consular Affairs within the United States Department of State and reports to the Under Secretary of State for Management.

The Consular Affairs Bureau has over 12,000 employees at 28 domestic passport facilities, two domestic visa centers, eight headquarters offices, and more than 240 consular sections at embassies and consulates around the world.  In FY 2015, it adjudicated 13.2 million visa applications. Risch’s nomination has been received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.