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New Peace Corps Director Sworn In

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. Aug. 26, 2009: He served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic; now he has been named to head the body.

Aaron S. Williams was this week sworn in as the 18th Director of the Peace Corps and only the second African American to hold the top spot.

Williams served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1967 to 1970 and it was there that he met his wife. He became the coordinator of minority recruitment and a project evaluation officer for the Peace Corps in Chicago from 1970 to 1971.

`I am deeply honored to be the Director of the Peace Corps and I want to thank President Obama for the trust that he has placed in me. I look forward to making his call to public service a reality for more Americans,` Williams said in a statement released by the White House.  `I am committed to recruiting, training, and supporting the next generation of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers eager to serve side by side with members of Peace Corps host communities around the world.`
 
The Corps will most likely undergo changes under Williams’ watch.  The organization, established in 1961, is approaching its 50th anniversary with more than 7,000 volunteers in 74 countries.