The Honorable Donald F. McHenry

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy & International Affairs, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

The Honorable Donald F. McHenry

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy & International Affairs, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Donald McHenry served as ambassador and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 1981. He also served as a member of President Jimmy Carter's Cabinet. At the time of his appointment, Ambassador McHenry was ambassador and U.S. deputy representative to the United Nations Security Council, a position to which he was appointed in March 1977. He joined the U.S. Department of State in 1963 and served eight years in various positions related to U.S. foreign policy. In 1966 he received the Department’s Superior Honor Award. In 1971, while on leave from the Department, he was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, and an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. In 1973, after leaving the State Department, he joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC as a project director in Humanitarian Policy Studies.

Ambassador McHenry is a director of the Coca-Cola Company. He also holds a number of board and trustee positions in non-governmental organizations, including chairman of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Fund, and director of the Institute for International Education, the Institute for International Economics, the American Ditchley Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the American Assembly. He is a member of the board of governors of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and an editorial board member of Foreign Policy Magazine. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ambassador McHenry is a former member of the board of governors of the American Stock Exchange, the board of directors of Fleet Boston Financial, Glaxo Smithkline, AT&T, International Paper, the Council of Foreign Relations, and the board of trustees of the Ford Foundation, the Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mount Holyoke College, Mayo Foundation, and the World Peace Foundation. He is trustee emeritus of Columbia University and the MAYO Foundation, as well as Chairman Emeritus of Africare.

Ambassador McHenry has taught at Southern Illinois, Howard, American and Georgetown Universities. He is the author of Micronesia: Trust Betrayed (Carnegie Endowment, 1975) and numerous articles published in professional journals and newspapers. Currently, Ambassador McHenry is a distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and president of the IRC Group, an international consulting firm.

Ambassador McHenry was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936 and grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois. He graduated in 1957 from Illinois State University and received an M.A. from Southern Illinois University with majors in international affairs and in rhetoric and public address. Ambassador McHenry has done post-graduate work at Georgetown. He is the father of one son and two daughters.

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