TROY - Not deterred by a week of wintry weather, Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence, Kenneth Yalowitz, spoke with students, faculty and members of the community on Friday and applauded the University's focus on internationalization.
"Troy University is truly an international university," Yalowitz said, especially noting the recent $495,000 State Department grant received by the University to fund a partnership with the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. The grant will augment the Institute's graduate International Affairs Program with faculty and student exchange, strengthen its research capacity and collaboratively develop a master's level program in international development.
Yalowitz served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Georgia, which is bordered by Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, from 1998 to 2001. He also served as ambassador to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997. In addition to his ambassadorial posts, Yalowitz served in the U.S. Foreign Service in The Hague, twice in Moscow, and the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. He has been country director for Australia-New Zealand Affairs, Deputy Director for Economics in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, and a Congressional Foreign Affairs Fellow.
Yalowitz believes the grant will aid in establishing stronger relationships between the U.S. and the Republic of Georgia.
"Faculty and students from the Republic of Georgia will come to teach and study in Troy, and I hope some of you will teach and study there," Yalowitz said. "This is where Troy University comes into play, bettering relations between the two countries."
The University's Ambassador-in-Residence program began in 2008 and has included former ambassadors Sichan Siv (United Nations), J. Gary Cooper (Jamaica), Kurt Volker (NATO), Jenonne Walker (Czech Republic), and David Dunford (Oman).