Sichan Siv named TROY's first ambassador-in-residence

Posted: Monday, 06 October 2008

TROY – Ambassador Sichan Siv will become Troy University’s first ambassador-in-residence next week as the College of Arts and Sciences inaugurates its new program.

Siv and his wife Martha will arrive in Troy Sunday to start the first of two week-long visits. The second week-long residence will take place during the spring semester.

“We want our visiting ambassadors’ knowledge of international affairs and, in most instances, their unique personal experiences to be presented to first our students, but also to the community at large,” said Dr. Jim Rinehart, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science.

“Ambassador Siv can convey enormous professionalism, a unique expertise and notable prestige to our University community,” he said. “His exceptional life story combined with his diplomatic experience will be enlightening and inspirational to undergraduates and graduate students alike.”

Ambassador Siv, nominated by President George W. Bush in October 2001, was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 28th ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. From 2001 until recently, he represented the United States at the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. Security Council.

From 1989 to 1993, Ambassador Siv served as deputy assistant to the president for public liaison and deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia affairs in the George H.W. Bush administration.

A native of Cambodia, he escaped forced labor camps in 1976 and resettled as a refugee in Wallingford, Conn. Ambassador Siv holds a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University and is married to the former Martha Pattillo of Pampa, Texas.

On Oct. 14, Ambassador Siv will be the guest author at a Barnes & Noble book signing at 3 p.m. in the Hall of Honor. His book, entitled “Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey for Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America,” has received critical acclaim nationwide.

While at TROY, Ambassador Siv will lecture in a number of classes and speak to the University and community at large in a symposium from 3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

Sichan Siv

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Sichan Siv, shown offering the keynote address at a commencement in 2007, will become Troy University's first ambassador-in-residence during October. (TROY photo)