Visit by US State Department Senior Foreign Service Officer Ronald Robinson, Virginia Tech Alumnus

Ronald Robinson, a career Foreign Service officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor and Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, will visit Virginia Tech’s campus on Thursday, November 13th, 2014. Mr. Robinson graduated from Virginia Tech in 1974 with a degree in urban affairs and sociology. His arrival is part of a campus visit by former Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who serves as the U.S. Department of State's Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs.

Mr. Robinson will discuss "Pursuing a Career in the Foreign Service and Civil Service," in the West Ambler Johnston Great Room from 2:00 – 3:00pm on Thursday, November 13th. This presentation is open to Virginia Tech students and faculty. Robinson hopes to inspire students of all academic backgrounds to consider a career in the Foreign Service or Civil Service.

As a Diplomat-in-Residence at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia from 2006-2008, Mr. Robinson focused on recruiting students for Foreign Service careers for the U.S. Department of State. His focus on diversity is inspired by his desire to see a diplomatic service that represents all cultures housed within America.

While at Virginia Tech, Mr. Robinson participated in extracurricular activities including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Fraternity, and the Class of 1974 Ring Committee, for which he helped design the class ring. He was also a member of the Virginia Tech Human Relations Council, which promoted discussion of current social issues and civil rights. Mr. Robinson has visited Virginia Tech multiple times since his graduation and continues to engage with students to discuss his experiences and to recruit for the Foreign Service and Civil Service.

Additionally, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, will speak to campus and community members about U.S. Diplomacy in Africa. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will discuss Development & Humanitarianism in Africa and participate in a pizza lunch with students, followed by a presentation on “US-Africa Policy.”

To learn more about Foreign Service and Civil Service opportunities with the U.S. Department of State, please visit: www.careers.state.gov