March 14, 2016
Politics have been a part of Ambassador Tibor Nagy's life since he was a child. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949, he arrived in the United States as a political refugee in 1957. After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas Tech University and George Washington University, respectively, Nagy joined the U.S. Department of State and served as a U.S. diplomat in Africa for more than 20 years. Besides assignments in Zambia and the Seychelles, Nagy served as deputy ambassador in Togo, Cameroon and Nigeria and finally as U.S. ambassador to Guinea and then Ethiopia.
In 2008, he was recruited for the Barack Obama campaign and became a consultant on a voluntary basis for Obama's African foreign policy group. Nagy said he learned a lot during the president's first campaign, and his time on Obama's Africa group would lead to more work in campaigns to come.
For the 2012 elections, Nagy was contacted early on by some friends on the Republican side who were actively involved in Mitt Romney's campaign. Nagy served as the co-chair for the African foreign policy group that advised the Romney campaign. His job involved putting together a team to replicate the organization of the U.S. Department of State's African bureau. Nagy's team members were responsible for different geographic areas of Africa as well as thematic issues related to development, terrorism and other topics on foreign policy.
For the 2016 election, Nagy started with a candidate who suspended his campaign but has also contributed policy advice to a campaign that is still active. Serving as vice provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech, he is available to speak about the role foreign policy plays in election campaigns and how presidential candidates develop their foreign policy views.
Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs, (806) 834-0128 or firstname.lastname@example.org