Terence P. McCulley is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister-Counselor. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from 2010 to 2013 and as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mali from 2005 to 2008. From 2004 to 2005, he worked at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. where he helped coordinate reconstruction efforts in Iraq. He has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Togo, Senegal, Tunisia, and Denmark and also served as Consul in Mumbai, India.
Joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Ambassador McCulley started his career in Niger, followed by assignments in South Africa and Chad. Returning to Washington in 1993, he worked for two years on Central African affairs. He is the recipient of four Department of State Superior Honor Awards.
Ambassador McCulley was born in Medford, Oregon, and grew up in Eugene, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History and French Language and Literature from the University of Oregon. As a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellow, he studied political science at the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France. In addition, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is fluent in French.