Friday, November 09, 2007

Bush picks Costa Rica ambassador to run presidential library

By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON – President Bush has picked a former Dallas neighbor – now his ambassador to Costa Rica, Mark Langdale – to run the presidential library being planned at Southern Methodist University, the library foundation announced Friday morning.

"Ambassador Langdale brings strong leadership skills to the library effort," Mr. Bush said in a statement issued Friday morning.

Mr. Langdale will serve as president of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation starting Jan. 1, overseeing daily operations, hiring staff, managing construction and coordinating with the National Archives.

He and Mr. Bush met more than two decades ago when they lived near each other in Dallas. The president called him a "good friend" and said his experience in business and real estate development will prepare him for the complexity of the project.

Mr. Langdale has served as ambassador to the Central American nation since 2005. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston law school, he has worked as a lawyer in Houston and co-founded CapRock Communications Corp., a satellite communications provider.

During Mr. Bush's second term as Texas governor, he served as chairman of the Texas Department of Economic Development.

"I look forward to overseeing the library foundation as it develops a presidential library that will provide historians access to important documents and information about the American presidency and our 43d president," Mr. Langdale said in the statement issued by the foundation.

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