Former U.S. Senator Robert C. Krueger Joins IGA as Distinguished Fellow
New Brunswick, NJ – The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) is pleased to announce that the Hon. Robert C. Krueger, a former U.S. Senator from Texas, Congressman, and three-time Ambassador, has joined the institute as a Distinguished Fellow. Senator Krueger is a visiting professor at Texas Tech University.
“We are delighted that former U.S. Senator Robert C. Krueger is joining the IGA family. He is respected worldwide for his expertise on diplomacy, public affairs, and human rights,” said Edmund Janniger, President and Chairman of the IGA.
A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Senator Krueger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University. He earned his master’s degree from Duke University and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in English literature at the University of Oxford. He began his teaching career at age 25 at Duke University and by age 36 was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He also served as professor of business and government relations with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas from 1985 to 1986, and as professor of public affairs with Rice University from 1986 to 1988.
In 1974, Senator Krueger won a seat in the U.S. Congress, representing Texas's 21st district, focusing his efforts on energy economics and civil rights legislation. In 1990, Senator Krueger won statewide election to the Texas Railroad Commission, serving as chairman of the body regulating oil, gas and other in-state energy production. Two years later, Texas Governor Ann Richards selected him to serve as U.S. Senator when Lloyd Bentsen resigned to accept the position of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
In 1979, Senator Krueger was appointed U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Co-coordinator for Mexican Affairs by President Jimmy Carter. In 1993, President Clinton appointed him ambassador to Burundi, where his defense of human rights made him a target of a failed assassination attempt in 1995. President Clinton said, "Our symbols need to be people like Ambassador Krueger, who risked his life to keep people alive in Burundi.” Later that year, Senator Krueger was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and a Special Representative of the Secretary of State to the Southern African Development Community.
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The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) is a membership organization and think tank based in the New York metropolitan area. A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, the IGA is home to several centers and initiatives. Its mission is to improve understanding of the world by fostering dialogue on global affairs. The IGA also seeks to develop the next generation of decision-makers able to address pressing challenges.
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