Ambassador J. Gary Cooper serving as Ambassador-in-Residence at TROY

Posted: Friday, 09 October 2009

TROY—Ambassador J. Gary Cooper, Troy University’s Ambassador-in-Residence for 2009, will visit the Troy Campus October 12- 16.

Ambassador Cooper was the United States Ambassador to Jamaica from 1994 until 1997. Ambassador Cooper has had a distinguished career in public service

where he has also served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and achieved the rank of Major General in the Marine Corps. He is the recipient of Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Ambassador Cooper founded Alabama’s first minority owned bank, the Commonwealth National Bank in Mobile.

Cooper is a director/trustee/member of 100 Black Men Incorporated, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Bishop State Community College, Forward Mobile, GenCorp, Inc., Greater Mobile Chamber of Commerce, Marine Corps Officers' Association, Marine Corps University Foundation, Mobile Industrial Development authority, Protective Life Corporation, and United States Steel Corporation. A native of Mobile, he received an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame, completed a special program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University. In 1990, Ambassador Cooper received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Troy University.

During his stay at TROY, Ambassador Cooper will be visiting the will participate in various functions, such as visits to classes taught by the Department of Political Science.

He will make a formal lecture entitled “The Third Border- The Role of the Caribbean for a Secured America” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Hall of Honor. The presentation is open to the general public, TROY students, faculty and staff.

Troy University’s Ambassador in residence Program is designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of international issues among University students, faculty, and staff. The program was initiated with Ambassador Sichan Siv in 2008.

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Ambassador Cooper