News from the Bush School

Natsios Named Scowcroft Institute Director

March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013

Andrew Natsios, executive professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, will assume the position of director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). Natsios has been part of the Master’s Program in International Affairs (MPIA) since September, teaching courses in international development and famine theory.

Ambassador Larry Napper, current SIIA director, congratulated Natsios on the appointment. “He brings genuinely impressive leadership, internationally recognized achievements as a practitioner and scholar, and a deep commitment to public service to our school and to the Scowcroft Institute.”  After the transition, Napper will continue to serve at the Bush School as a full-time teacher and mentor for students taking the Foreign Service Officer Test.

Bush School Executive Associate Dean Sam Kirkpatrick expressed the School’s gratitude towards Professor Natsios.  “We have benefitted greatly from his presence this year, including through his instruction, research, and mentoring.  We are grateful for his leadership in international development initiatives as we enrich that component of the Bush School experience for students.”

Natsios came to the Bush School after a distinguished career in public service. He previously served as the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for five years under President George W. Bush.  Natsios has also served as a state legislator in Massachusetts, military officer, NGO vice president, civil servant, diplomat, and professor at Georgetown University.  His research focuses on foreign assistance, humanitarian aid, famines, and political instability.

Bush School Acting Dean Andrew Card also lauded the extension of Natsios’ stay, saying, “He brings a unique perspective and has experience in almost every field our students are interested in, making him an invaluable asset to the School.  I am pleased that he has agreed to stay at the Bush School longer than originally anticipated, and that he will assume this new role in which he will be able to give even more to Texas A&M.”