Ralph H. Ruedy

Retired, Department of State

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Professional Background

Entered foreign service of U.S.--U.S. Information Agency--in 1976. Served in Tehran, East Berlin, Bonn, and Moscow, as well as in various domestic assignments, including as deputy director of the world-wide Fulbright academic exchange program.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

Foreign service officers must be able to write, and the English Department taught me to do that. I cannot emphasize the importance of a liberal education to work in the foreign service. Having an advanced degree and experience in academia equipped me to work with universities and academics at home and abroad.

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