The School of Foreign Service is pleased to announce that former U.S. ambassador and SFS dean, Robert L. Gallucci, has returned to Georgetown as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy.
Ambassador Gallucci served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service for 13 years until he left in July 2009, to become president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He was appointed dean in 1996, after 21 years of distinguished service in a variety of government positions, focusing on international security. As Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, he dealt with the threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq following the first Gulf War. Ambassador Gallucci earned his Bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Brandeis University.
During his tenure as dean, Gallucci led in the creation of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar and helped raise Georgetown Masters programs in international affairs to number one ranking and the undergraduate program to number four as reported by Foreign Policy magazine. He also oversaw the creation of the Program for Jewish Civilization, an interdisciplinary research and teaching center, and the Mortara Center for International Studies, whose mission is to bring together scholars and policy makers in this important arena.
As a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Ambassador Gallucci will teach one course each semester, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His first course, to be offered this fall, will be a graduate seminar on “The Impact of Nuclear Weapons on International and Regional Security.” Other current Distinguished Professors in the Practice of Diplomacy at SFS include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former U.S. ambassadors, Barbara Bodine and Cynthia Schneider.
On his return to Georgetown, Gallucci says: “I am very happy and genuinely excited by the prospect of returning to the University and the School, where I spent thirteen rewarding years as dean, to teach and learn from its truly gifted and talented students. I look forward to renewing acquaintances with faculty, staff and administration, and becoming an active member of the University community once again.”
Acting Dean James Reardon-Anderson says: “We are thrilled to have Bob back at Georgetown. He is a great teacher, who will illuminate our classrooms, and a great colleague, who will enrich our community.”