Reuben E. Brigety, II is a member of McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors.
Ambassador Brigety is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Sewanee, The University of the South. From 2015-2020, he served as the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University.
Ambassador Brigety’s most recent diplomatic assignment was serving as the Representative of the United States of America to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa from September 2013 to September 2015. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Brigety served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Ambassador Brigety also held appointments as an assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University and at the School of International Service at American University between August 2003 and April 2009. In addition, Ambassador Brigety was a researcher with the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) from August 2001 to May 2003, where he conducted research missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before joining HRW, Ambassador Brigety was an active duty U.S. naval officer and held several staff positions in the Pentagon and in fleet support units.
Ambassador Brigety is a 1995 Distinguished Midshipman Graduate of the US Naval Academy, where he earned a BS in political science (with merit), served as the Brigade Commander and received the Thomas G. Pownall Scholarship. He also holds an MPhil and a PhD in international relations from the University of Cambridge, England, as well as a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Old Dominion University.
Ambassador Brigety is a Fellow of the American Academy of Diplomacy, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship.