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Simmons College Names Former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya New Warburg Chair in International Relations

BOSTON (September 4, 2012) — William M. Bellamy, a former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and career diplomat, was named the new Warburg Chair in International Relations at Simmons College.

Most recently, Ambassador Bellamy served as director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. He previously was a resident senior fellow in the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior vice president at National Defense University, both in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Bellamy was U.S. ambassador to Kenya from 2003 to 2006. During his tenure in Kenya he directed U.S. security programs in the Horn of Africa. He also supervised the U.S. government's largest foreign HIV/AIDS program and led multinational efforts to combat corruption and promote good governance in Kenya. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2001-2003) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2000-2001).

Regarding Simmons, Ambassador Bellamy said he looks forward to the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic learning and scholarly environment, as well as developing new and interesting programs in international relations at the College.

"Above all, I look forward to learning, from fellow faculty and especially from the students," he said.

Ambassador Bellamy is the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Award, a Distinguished Honor Award, and two Superior Honor Awards conferred by the Secretary of State.

Ambassador Bellamy holds a B.A. in history from Occidental College and an M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also holds certificates from the Institute Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris.

Simmons alumna and Emerita Trustee Joan Warburg '45, '97HD created the Warburg chair to educate the Simmons community about international affairs. Other Warburg chairs have included: Catharin Dalpino, former U.S Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, 2010-2012. David Anderson, former United States Ambassador to Yugoslavia, 1985-1988; Monteagle Stearns, former United States Ambassador to Greece, 1988-1990; Denis McLean, former New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, 1995-1998; Erik Jensen, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1998-2000; Charles F. Dunbar, former President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, 2000-2004; and Walter C. Carrington, former United States Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal, 2004-2007.

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