Seton Hall University Provost, Dr. Larry A. Robinson, recently announced the appointment of Ambassador Thomas Patrick Melady as Interim Dean of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Ambassador Melady has an extensive portfolio of accomplishments including experiences in both academic leadership and international diplomatic relations. As the former President of Sacred Heart University and former Executive Vice President of St. Joseph’s University, Ambassador Melady is uniquely qualified to provide leadership and oversight while the University seeks a permanent dean for the Whitehead School. Ambassador John Menzies stepped down last week after serving as Dean of the School since 2007.
An academic himself, Dr. Melady is an accomplished scholar with a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America who has held distinguished professorships at George Washington University and St. John’s University. He is also a familiar and admired presence to many on our campus who knew him as a professor in the department of African-Asian Affairs at Seton Hall University. In 2002, Dr. Melady's academic work culminated in the prestigious appointment of Professor and Senior Diplomat in Residence at The Institute of World Politics.
Ambassador Melady's international and diplomatic qualifications are as abundant as his experience in academia and academic leadership. Dr. Melady has held four diplomatic posts: from 1969-1972 he served as US Ambassador to Burundi, in 1970 he was appointed Senior Advisor to the US delegation to the UN General Assembly, from 1972-1973 he served as US Ambassador to Uganda and from 1989-1993 he served as US Ambassador to The Holy See.
Dr. Robinson stated that: "It is a great honor to the University that Ambassador Melady will serve as Interim Dean of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. The depth and breadth of his knowledge and experience are precisely what is required at this time of transition. His guidance and expertise will be instrumental in carrying the Whitehead School forward as we embark on a comprehensive, international search for our next Dean."
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