Retired Ambassador George M. Staples – whose 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service has included assignments in such countries as Cameroon, Rwanda and Zimbabwe – was a key advisor in the development of the Global Scholars Program at Georgetown College.

Tuesday the 11 students in this selective, first-year program will get to spend some time with the ambassador. But, Staples will also address the entire student body at 11 a.m. (Nov. 18) in John L. Hill Chapel with his insights about our changing world, getting ready for the global workplace, and diplomacy – especially in view of his service to the Republic of Rwanda (1998-2001). The general public is also invited to hear “A Career in Diplomacy – Challenges and Opportunities” at this first, free Global Scholars sponsored event.


Amy Carrington, Director of Global Scholars Program

“Ambassador Staples is the reason this program rocks,” said Amy Carrington, director of the Global Scholars Program. “He knows what our students need each year to become globally aware and to pursue internships that will prepare them for careers here and abroad.”

Tuesday’s audience also will hear briefly from another of the chief architects of our Global Scholars as well as a veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Dr. John D. Stempel, who will introduce the speaker. Now a Georgetown College Trustee, Stempel served as the 4th director of the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and is still a Senior Professor there. His earlier diplomatic postings included Guinea, Burundi, Zambia and Iran.

Ambassador Staples completed a year-plus stint as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of the Bureau of Human Resources for the U.S. Department of State in July 2007. He was also the Political Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe at NATO in Belgium.

From 1998-2001, Staples served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda, followed by his service from 2001-2004 as U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Other assignments include serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain and Zimbabwe, Senior Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operation Center, Senior Turkey Desk Officer in the Bureau of European Affairs during the first Gulf War, and National Security Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has also fulfilled assignments in The Bahamas, Uruguay, and El Salvador following his service as a military officer in the US Air Force.

In conjunction with Ambassador Staples’ presentation, a viewing of a Frontline documentary about Rwanda (“Ghosts of Rwanda”) was scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13 in the Campus Ministries Lounge (basement of Hill Chapel).

The Global Scholars Program awards scholarships for students with an interest in expanding their global perspective. It is a four-year extra-curricular program that complements any major. It provides Global Scholars with programs, activities, leadership training, and opportunities to engage their interests through an international lens. For more on Georgetown’s newest Program of Distinction, visit