Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon
WHEN Thursday | 11 Feb, 7:30 PM
WHERE 3228 WSC
Ryan C. Crocker is dean and executive professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, where he holds the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair. Crocker previously served as the James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia (2012–14) and as the first Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale University (2012–13). In 2009, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian award, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the establishment of the Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Expeditionary Diplomacy. In 2004, President Bush conferred on him the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the Foreign Service, having served as a U.S. ambassador six times in his career. Born in Spokane, Washington, Crocker grew up in an Air Force family, attending schools in Morocco, Canada, and Turkey, as well as the U.S. He received a BA in English from Whitman College (Washington).