Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Globetrotter Settling in Capital.(Metropolitan)

* Silver City native has served more than 30 years in U.S. foreign service

Ellen Shippy has been traveling the world as a diplomat for more than 30 years. But her ties to the Land of Enchantment remain taut.

"It's always nice to get back to New Mexico and get some good Mexican food," says Shippy, who grew up in Silver City.

Shippy, 56, most recently held the post of ambassador to the Republic of Malawi. This month, she will become the dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C.

The State Department school is a training ground for diplomats and government workers.

Shippy was in Albuquerque recently visiting family, and she provided a snapshot of what has been a colorful life in the foreign service. …

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