TROY – Ambassador Jenonne Walker, the United State's ambassador to the Czech Republic from 1995-1998, will serve as Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence for 2012.
Ambassador Walker will visit the Troy, Montgomery and Dothan campuses Jan. 23 – 27, and will lecture to undergraduate and graduate political science students. She will make an open-to-the-public presentation at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Her presentation is entitled, "U.S. Ambassadors in a Changing World."
"The Ambassador-in-Residence program is one of Troy University's many initiatives to create a greater awareness among students about international issues and the US role in the world," said Dr. Charles Krupnick, chair of the Department of Political Science.
"Ambassador Walker has been involved in the creation and execution of US foreign policy throughout her career and will be able to inform Troy students about how the U.S. Government deals with international issues, and, possibly, inspire them toward service in foreign affairs," he said.
She currently is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on various boards of directors, including the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the American Friends of the Czech Republic.
In addition to her service as a U.S. Ambassador, she has also served as a European analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, as a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Sweden, and in various positions that shaped US arms control negotiations. She was awarded the Distinguished Civil Service Award by President Ronald Reagan for her work on arms control issues.
Immediately prior to her ambassadorial appointment, she was Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for Europe, the president's key advisor on U.S. relations with Europe, on the National Security Council staff. After retiring from government, she spent two years as Vice President for Europe of the World Monuments Fund, identifying historically and culturally important sites in need of conservation and forging partnerships for their restoration with European governments, foundations and corporations.