Former Ambassador, Expert on International Partnerships Speaks At Texas Tech
November 17, 2008
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
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.
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