Ryan Crocker Named Dean of the Bush School

December 10, 2009

Ambassador Ryan CrockerAmbassador Ryan Crocker, a diplomat with more than four decades of experience in the Middle East, has been named dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Crocker’s appointment was officially approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents at its meeting on Friday, December 4.

“I am excited that Ambassador Ryan Crocker has accepted the opportunity to play an important leadership role in the continuing progress of this unique academic college. Ambassador Crocker has a remarkable record of public service, and I am confident that the Bush School has selected an excellent leader,” said A. Benton Cocanougher, interim dean of the Bush School.

A graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Crocker did graduate work in public policy and Near Eastern affairs at Princeton University, and studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute. During his distinguished career, Crocker held a number of diplomatic posts in Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Lebanon and Egypt, as well in Washington D.C. His ambassadorial appointments include Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan, and most recently, Iraq, where he served from 2007-2009. Other diplomatic assignments include chargé d’affaires in Kabul, Afghanistan (2002) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2001-2003). In 2003-2004, Crocker was International Affairs Advisor and Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College.  He has also lectured on Middle Eastern affairs at colleges and universities around the country.

Crocker is fluent in Arabic, and is known for his wide-ranging expertise in the difficult foreign policy challenges of the Middle East, as well as for his ability to manage complex organizations. He also has a strong interest in advanced/graduate education in public policy.

“We are delighted to have such an eminent diplomat and public servant joining the Bush School as the 3rd dean,” said Sam Kirkpatrick, executive associate dean for academic affairs and management. “Ambassador Crocker’s wealth of international experience gained over more than 30 years of public service will further expand our students’ horizons with his unique insights into the world of diplomacy and the importance of public service at all levels,” he added.

Crocker will assume his new position on January 25, 2010.

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