BBG Watch Commentary
At his first open Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting in Washington, DC, newly-confirmed BBG Governor, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, said that he hopes “to play a role in insuring that our weave with the State Department and other relevant federal entities is solid and appropriate.”
Ambassador Crocker also said that unlike his other new colleagues on the BBG Board, Matt Armstrong and Jeff Shell, he does not bring a media background to his position but brings his extensive experience overseas as a consumer of the products of the BBG and its affiliated institutions.
Crocker said that he looks forward to working with members of Congress, many of whom he knows from testifying before Congressional committees over the years.
He also said he was grateful for “the accumulated experience and wisdom” of BBG Governors Michael Meehan and Susan McCue to insure that the institution is generally headed in the right direction.
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University – a position from which he had taken a leave of absence to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. His is also the James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. Prior to resuming his position as dean, Ambassador Crocker was a Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale University. His 37-year career in the Foreign Service included service as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees of Whitman College. Ambassador Crocker is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service. He earned a B.A. from Whitman College.
Also see: BBG Chairman Jeff Shell: ‘Best way to showcase freedom and democracy is by free media’, BBG Watch.