BPIA Board of Directors named veteran US diplomat Ambassador Sylvia Stanfield to lead the organization as President of the organization and Chairperson of the Board of Directors until the next election of officers. The outgoing Interim President of BPIA, Mr. John Calvin Williams nominated Ambassador Stansfield and the Board members endorsed the nomination as of August 2014. Ambassador Stansfield thanked the Board members for the trust and confidence they bestowed on her and vowed to do her utmost efforts to discharge the heavy responsibilities awaiting her. 

Ambassador Sylvia Gaye Stanfield was a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service. In the course of her long diplomatic career, she assumed many high positions where she served both at home and abroad. Among her many years of services abroad, Ambassador Stanfield was the first African-American woman to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei from September 1999 to September 2002. After her ambassadorship ended, Ambassador Stanfield became a Diplomat in Residence at Florida A&M University and at Spelman College. 

A native of Texas, Ambassador Stanfield earned a B.A. degree in Intercultural Studies from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. As an East West Center grantee, she received an M.A. degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii and continued her studies at the University of Hong Kong School of Oriental Studies and Linguistics. 

The Board calls upon all BPIA members, supporters and sponsors to render their support to the new President in her efforts to discharge the responsibilities assigned to her during this transformative years of the organization.