U.S. Representative


John F. Hicks, (U.S. Ambassador Ret.) joined IUGB as the International Education Advisor and U.S. Representative in August 2011.  Prior to his retirement in June of 2011, Ambassador Hicks served for thirteen years as the Associate Provost for International Affairs at Georgia State University. After a distinguished career with the United States Agency for International Development where he achieved the rank of Career Minister and directed the Bureau of African Affairs, Hicks served as the United States Ambassador to the State of Eritrea and as Senior Policy Advisor to the African Development Foundation. During his tenure at GSU, the University made great strides in strengthening international education. This progress received national recognition in 2004 when the university was awarded the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities’ Michael P. Malone Award for internationalization.

Ambassador Hicks holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a diploma from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies Center in Bologna Italy and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Hicks also is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the Morehouse School of Medicine and Morris Brown College. He has received numerous honors and awards including the U.S. Department of State’s Presidential Award and the Agency for International Development’s Equal Employment Opportunity Award.  Ambassador Hicks is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, does volunteer work with at risk under-privileged children, and enjoys art, reading and golf.

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