Executive Secretaries

In 1961, the Department of State conferred on the Director of the Executive Secretariat the title of Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and Executive Secretary, along with rank equivalent to an Assistant Secretary of State. Since then, the Secretary of State has designated all incumbents. The Department established the Executive Secretariat in Mar 1947 to regulate the flow of information within the highest levels of the Department. Its functions have included such various assignments as Protocol (prior to 1955), management of the Department’s Operation Center (since 1962) and preparation of briefing papers about the Department during the transitions between Presidential administrations.