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Robert Krueger to deliver LBJ Lecture at Texas State

Date released: 09/19/03

SAN MARCOS — Robert “Bob” Krueger, a three-time United States ambassador whose public service career includes stints in the U.S. Congress and Senate, will deliver a free public lecture in cooperation with Texas State University in October.

Krueger will present “When Should the United States Intervene? A Look at U.S. Foreign Policy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. October 1 at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater.

A native of New Braunfels, Krueger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University, later earning his master’s degree from Duke University and completing his a Ph.D. in English literature at Oxford University, England. 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 1985-1986, and as professor of public affairs with Rice University from1986-1988.

Robert Krueger

In 1974, Krueger won a seat in the U.S. Congress, representing the 21st District of Texas, focusing his efforts on energy economics and civil rights legislation. In 1990, 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, 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. Later that year, Krueger was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and a Special Representative of the Secretary of State to the Southern African Development Community.

Krueger currently serves as a consultant on international trade issues and U.S. government policy. He serves on the board of directors of Viad Corp., a diversified company providing financial, convention and travel services. In 2002-2003, as a visiting professor, he taught a course on Shakespeare for Plan II undergraduate students at the University of Texas and a graduate course in public administration at Texas State.

About the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series

The annual Lyndon Baines Johnson Lecture, initiated in 1982 to honor the former president and Texas State graduate, recognizes the importance of education to the continuing prosperity of the nation. Through the series, Texas State works to perpetuate the former president’s high educational ideals by bringing outstanding individuals to campus to meet with students and faculty and present public lectures. Previous lecterns include former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and Former President Gerald Ford.