Mark Seibel, a native of Hillsboro, has been promoted to the Senior Foreign Service at the rank of counselor, a civilian diplomatic equivalent to the military rank of brigadier general.
President Obama made the appointment Dec. 14, after confirmation by the Senate on Dec. 7.
Seibel graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1982 and received his bachelor and master degrees in political science from Wichita State University. He entered the Foreign Service with the Department of State in 1991.
Seibel’s previous assignments include postings in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Japan, Cuba, Canada, Russia, El Salvador and Washington, D.C.
He is currently serving in the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he oversees programs to strengthen and develop Afghanistan’s criminal justice system.