By Nathan Brown (MA International and Intercultural Communications '18)
DENVER—Jan. 12, 2017—Late in 2015, the Josef Korbel School was selected by the U.S. State Department to house a Diplomat in Residence whose assignment began in the fall of 2016. Diplomats in Residence are career Foreign Service Officers and Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice on careers, internships and fellowships to students and professionals in the communities they serve. He or she will focus on providing information to students and professionals in Colorado and Wyoming.
We are honored to welcome Stewart Devine, a career Foreign Service Officer, as our first Diplomat in Residence. Devine's experience comes from his time in The Hague; Baghdad; Abu Dhabi; Frankfurt; Bangkok; and various other administrative management assignments in Suva, Fiji Islands; Osaka; Cairo; and Seoul.
Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Devine was a military officer with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is the recipient of U.S. State Department Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor awards, and various military decorations. He is a graduate of Florida International University, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
"As a first generation college student and graduate, who grew up in the inner city, and left home at 17 years old, my future could have been another statistic with limited or no hope," said Devine. "Fortunately, there were those who were always there to encourage me to move forward with the possibility of a bright future. Just as I am both grateful and humbled to have been given multiple opportunities in life, I am using this assignment to explain to various people, especially those in underrepresented groups, that they too are not alone in their quest for a bright future, that they have the possibility of being a part of our country's premier diplomatic organization – the U.S. Department of State."
Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations. The School offers degree programs in international affairs and public policy and is named in honor of its founder and first dean, Josef Korbel. Follow the Korbel School on Facebook and Twitter.