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President Obama To Nominate Bush School Dean To Key Administration Post

November 18, 2010

CrockerWASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2010 - President Barack Obama announced Wednesday his intention to nominate Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, head of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, to serve on the United States Advisory Commission on Public Policy.

The position is widely considered a key administrative post in the diplomatic community.

Ambassador Crocker, who became dean and executive professor of the Bush School in January, currently serves in two other top diplomatic positions with membership on the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

He retired from the Foreign Service in April 2009 after a career of more than 37 years. He served as a U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. He also served as the International Affairs Advisor at the National War College.

In January 2002, Crocker was sent to Afghanistan to reopen the American Embassy in Kabul. From May to August 2003, he served in Baghdad as the first Director of Governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2009. His awards include the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

In September 2004, President Bush conferred on Crocker the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the Foreign Service.

Crocker received a B.A. in English from Whitman College in Washington. He is a member of the college’s board of trustees.


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