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March 2006

Release Date: March 2, 2006

Former Ambassador to Speak on China at ASU

Former United States Ambassador to Guinea and Ethiopia Tibor P. Nagy Jr. will speak on “ China’s Emerging Global Challenge” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in Angelo State University’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. The presentation is free to the public.

Nagy also will speak to history, business, government, foreign language, honors and communication classes during his visit to the campus, which will be March 9-10.

Nagy is currently the associate vice provost for international affairs at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. During the 2002 academic year he was the Department of State’s “Diplomat in Residence” at the University of Oklahoma.

Nagy’s diplomatic career began with his first overseas position as general services officer in Lusaka, Zambia, from 1979-81. After that he had stops in Seychelles, Washington, Ethiopia, Togo, Cameroon and Nigeria. He was named ambassador to Guinea in 1996. In 1999, he became ambassador to Ethiopia, a post he held until 2002.

Nagy was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949 and arrived in the United States as a political refugee in 1957. He received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech in 1972 and a master’s degree 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 and five “Meritorious Honor” awards. He also was a runner-up for the prestigious “Deputy Chief of Mission of the Year” award.

Nagy’s visit is the result of collaboration among the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the Communication, Drama and Journalism Department, the Government Department, the Modern Languages Department, and the University Center Program Council to host speakers from the American Foreign Service Association.