Career Path: U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria
Grand Valley alumnus John Beyrle became the new U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria in 2005. He credits his time at Grand Valley with inspiring him to travel the world.
Beyrle graduated from Grand Valley in 1975 with a French major and German minor. He has remained close to Grand Valley through the years. He was the winter commencement speaker in 1997, and he recently met with Grand Valley students visiting Moscow on a trip with professor Christine Rydel. Beyrle is a career member of the senior Foreign Service. He joined in 1983 and has specialized in Eastern Europe. His most recent assignment was deputy chief of mission in Moscow. Beyrle also served as counselor for political and economic affairs at the US embassy in Prague. Beyrle first served in Bulgaria 1986-87 as a member of the Foreign Service.