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Spring 2011 The Ambassadors REVIEW 48 The Spirit of Service Ryan C. Crocker Dean and Executive Professor George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University United States Ambassador to Iraq, 2007-2009 United States Ambassador to Pakistan, 2004-2007 United States Ambassador to Syria, 1998-2001 United States Ambassador to Kuwait, 1994-1997 United States Ambassador to Lebanon, 1990-1993 fter concluding a 37 year Foreign Service career as Ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, I accepted an appointment as Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. In a December 2010 convocation address, I tried to describe what brought me here. In an important way, my past with the State Department and my present and future here at A&M come down to a single word: Service. I first came to A&M early in 2009, shortly after I returned from Iraq. I was invited to deliver a speech at the Presidential Conference Center, and three things happened during that visit that set in motion the events that brought me to A&M on a permanent basis. The first was reconnecting with the 41 st President of the United States. We met 20 years ago when he asked me to serve as Ambassador to Lebanon. The embassy had been closed for several years because of the violence there—I guess I was considered sufficiently expendable to attempt its reopening. We stayed in touch over the years—in Kuwait where he is a national hero for liberating the country 20 years ago, and in Pakistan where he joined with President Clinton to lead earthquake relief efforts in 2005-2006. When I saw the President again in 2009, he talked about the importance of Texas A&M and the Bush School in his vision of preparing new generations of dedicated public servants to ensure America’s future, and I thought again that the United States has never had a leader who so personified public service—from World War II to Congress, Envoy to
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