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Ambassador Horace G. Dawson, Jr., Ph.D.

Ambassador Dawson is the founding director of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center , which grew out of an international affairs program established at Howard in 1991 on a $3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for which Dawson wrote.  This was on the initial proposal.  He was named acting director (1992) of the program and then Director in August 1997. One year earlier, in 1996, the international affairs program and center were re-christened to honor Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche.  

Dawson has been at Howard since 1989 when he joined the faculty of the School of Communications . In 1990, he became Director of the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program, a position he still holds.

From 1962 to 1989, Dr. Dawson, a former professor of English, was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, during which time he served as Cultural Affairs Officer or Public Affairs Officer in such countries as Uganda , Nigeria , Liberia and the Philippines . In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana , where he remained until 1983.

Amb. Dawson also held several posts at the State Department and in the U.S. Information Agency's Washington headquarters and received the Agency's Superior Service Honor Award on three occasions. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa , a master's degree from Columbia University , and a bachelor's degree from Lincoln University ( Pa. ), which also awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1990.



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