Michael McClellan, a career diplomat, author and photographer who grew up in Bowling Green, will present Successful Careers in the Age of Globalization: Expert Advice from a Career Diplomat at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at Gary A. Ransdell Hall Auditorium.
The presentation and discussion, sponsored by the Honors College at WKU, is free and open to the public and the campus community.
McClellan, a Senior Foreign Service Officer, most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan, the world’s newest independent country. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1984 and served in Yemen, Egypt, Russia, Serbia, Kosovo, Germany, Ireland, Iraq, and Ethiopia as a Public Diplomacy Officer, as well as Spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. As the first diplomat from any country assigned to Kosovo, McClellan opened a diplomatic office and, with the Rochester Institute of Technology, organized and opened the American University in Kosovo. In Iraq he served on the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team, a civilian-military interagency effort that provided the primary connection between U.S. and coalition partners, and the provincial and local governments of Iraq’s provinces. In Ethiopia, McClellan’s work focused on “Faith Communities Outreach” as a means of confidence-building and conflict resolution between Ethiopia’s Christian and Muslim communities.
McClellan’s book, Monasticism in Egypt: Images and Words of the Desert Fathers, was published in 1998 by the American University in Cairo Press and is in its third edition. His photos have been published extensively in North American media and video productions, exhibited widely, and are in the permanent collection of Grand Valley State University.
A native of Bowling Green, where he owns a small, organic farm, McClellan earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Louisville, a master’s degree in Photojournalism and International Relations from Syracuse University, and a completed Ph.D. studies (ABD) in Communications and Government/Press Relations at Indiana University.
Contact: Wolfgang Brauner, (270) 745-2081.