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Ambassador Nagy to deliver LBJ Lecture at Texas State

Date released: 11/08/04

SAN MARCOS —Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., will deliver a free public lecture at Texas State University-San Marcos Nov. 15 in conjunction with International Week and Common Experience.

Nagy will present “Listen, Mr. President: Foreign Policy Advice from the Trenches” for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater on the Texas State campus.

Nagy served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia from 1999-2002 and Ambassador to Guinea from 1996-99. Before that, he attended the Department of State’s prestigious Senior Seminar. Joining the Foreign Service in 1978 as a management analyst in the Bureau of Personnel, his first overseas assignment was as General Services Officer in Lusaka, Zambia from 1979-81. After that, he was assigned to Victoria, Seychelles, for two years as Administrative Officer. He served as Systems Administrator for the African Bureau in Washington from 1983-84 and then returned overseas as Administrative Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1984-86. For the next eight years, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at Lome, Togo (1987-90); Yaounde, Cameroon (1990-93); and Lagos, Nigeria (1993-95).

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, Nagy arrived in the United States as a political refugee in 1957. He received a B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1972 and an M.S.A. from George Washington University in 1978. He speaks Hungarian and French, and has received numerous awards, including the Department of State’s “Superior Honor” award, five “Meritorious Honor” awards as well as being runner-up for the prestigious “Deputy Chief of Mission of the Year” award.
Nagy currently serves as Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University. During the 2002 academic year he was the Department of State’s “Diplomat in Residence” at the University of Oklahoma.

About the LBJ Lecture

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.