Former Ambassador, Expert on International Partnerships Speaks At Texas Tech

Ambassador Holliday will visit the Texas Tech campus for meetings with officials to discuss ways the university can expand its global presence in education and research.

WHAT: Chancellor Kent Hance's Senior Seminar Class: An interview with Ambassador Stuart Holliday WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 19) Holliday will be available for media interviews immediately following the class at approximately 2:50 p.m. WHERE: Human Sciences Building, room 169, on the Texas Tech campus Interviews will take place in the Canyon Room outside of room 169. EVENT: Holliday is visiting campus for meetings with Texas Tech officials to discuss ways the university can expand its global presence in education and research. Holliday is president and CEO of the Meridian International Center, one of the United States' leading public diplomacy institutions dedicated to strengthening America's ties with the world. Meridian works closely with the U.S. Department of State, other government agencies and the private sector on global leadership programs and is a major internationally recognized convening forum. Holliday served as United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations from 2003-2005. His primary duties involved representing the United States on issues in the U.N. Security Council. This included responsibility for U.S. policy on U.N. peacekeeping, sanctions and counterterrorism programs. Prior to serving at the United Nations, he was coordinator of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs and principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs. From 2000 to 2001, he was special assistant to the president and associate director of presidential personnel at the White House, advising the president on appointments to the State Department, the Defense Department, the Veterans Department, FEMA, NASA, OPIC, Peace Corps, USAID and ambassadorships. Following the attacks of Sept. 11, Ambassador Holliday was tasked by the president's chief of staff to work with government agencies to staff the first Office of Homeland Security at the White House. CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, associate director, Office of Communications and Marketing, (806) 742-2136 or