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Howard Hardy
Special Projects Officer

Mr. Hardy, a Howard alumnus, returned to his alma mater upon retiring from the Senior U.S. Foreign Service in 1988.  A WWII Veteran, Mr. Hardy worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Defense before joining United States Informational Agency in 1956.  His domestic and diplomatic career with U.S.I.A and the Department of State spanned some 38 years.

From 1963-66, he served as Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs and U.S. Consular Officer in newly independent Algeria’s three major cities, Algiers, Constantine and Oran.  He served as Director of the American Cultural Center , Paris (1968 to 1971). In 1971-72, he was a Fellow at Harvard University ’s Center for International Affairs. During the last years of Vietnam War (1972 to 1975), Hardy served as Cultural and Public Affairs Officer in Vientiane , Laos .

From 1975-88, he was Deputy Director for African Programs and Chief for West African programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department. of State; USIA’S Assistant Director for Cultural and Information Centers; Public Affairs Advisor to the Permanent U.S. Delegation to UNESCO, Paris; Advisor to several U.S. Delegations on cultural programs at Paris, Belgrade, and Mexico City; Advisor to U.S. delegations to ITU, Geneva on High Frequency Radio Broadcasting and Satellite communications; Deputy Executive Director of the Board of Examiners, State Department, and Staff Advisor to the Economic Summit, Williamsburg, VA (1984.)  Mr. Hardy has received two honor awards from USIA and one from the Department of State.  USIA awarded him the Career Service Award for Diplomacy on his retirement.  At Howard, he serves as a Consultant to the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program and Special Projects Officer to the Bunche Center Director. 



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