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Diplomat in Residence

Since shortly after moving to the John Hope Franklin Center in 2001, the Duke University Center for International Studies has been host to a U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence.

Annually, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at a select number of colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America’s rich diversity to the world, as part of the Foreign Service.

During their on-campus tour, Diplomats in Residence disseminate information about career opportunities not only at their home universities but throughout the region where they are located. They also:

  • Identify and counsel diverse candidates for student and career opportunities;
  • Guide candidates through the Foreign Service exam application and examination process;
  • Represent the Department at conferences and career fairs;
  • Support programs sponsored by Foreign Affairs groups;
  • Engage in outreach to the military, professional organizations and other local groups.

Currently, sixteen colleges and universities, including Duke, host Diplomats in Residence. Factors considered in the selection of DIR host schools include regional diversity, academic curriculum, size and composition of student population, and level of institutional commitment to preparation of students for careers in international relations and public service.

Diplomats in Residence at Duke

2012—Present
Julie A. Ruterboies
2011—2012
William E. Lucas
2010—2011
Ambassador Patrick D. Duddy
2008—2010
Stephen R. Kelly
2006—2008
Renee M. Earle
2005—2006
Deborah Schwartz
2004—2005
Ambassador David C. Litt
1996—1998
Peter D. Whitney
1994—1996
Roy M. Melbourne
Last modified: April 15th, 2013 at 10:37 am
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