Former NATO ambassador to serve at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 10 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Ambassador Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, will serve as Troy University’s 2010-2011 Ambassador-in-Residence.

Ambassador Volker will begin his year-long residency on September 13, and conduct presentations to both undergraduate and graduate-level political science classes on both the Troy and Montgomery campuses, said Dr. Charles Krupnick, chair of the Department of Political Science.

“The ambassador will conduct two days of activities and then will return in early 2011 to participate in additional functions,” he said. “We are excited to welcome him to our campuses. His extensive experience in foreign affairs and national security will provide our students with a unique learning experience.”

Ambassador Volker, a member of the U.S. Senor Foreign Service for more than 23 years, served as NATO ambassador under President George W. Bush. Prior to that, he served in U.S. embassies in Hungary and the United Kingdom and held senior-level positions in the State Department. He is a past senior director of the National Security Council and served as a staff member for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Currently, he is senior fellow and managing director of the Center on Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and is a senior advisor at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He also teaches at George Washington University.

He becomes the third ambassador-in-residence at Troy University since the project’s initiation in 2008. Former Ambassador to the United Nations Sichan Siv and former Ambassador to Jamaica J. Gary Cooper have previously served in the role.