The Honorable William H. Luers

U.S. Ambassador, retired; George W. Ball Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

The Honorable William H. Luers

U.S. Ambassador, retired; George W. Ball Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

William Luers is the former president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA). Prior to joining UNA-USA in February 1999, Mr. Luers served for 13 years as president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

During a 31-year career in the Foreign Service, Mr. Luers served as U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1983-1986) and Venezuela (1978-1982). He was deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe (1977-1978) and for inter-American affairs (1975-1977).

Prior to the Foreign Service, Mr. Luers served as an officer in the U.S. Navy (1953-1957). Mr. Luers has been a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, at George Washington University, and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Born in Springfield, Illinois, Mr. Luers received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.A. from Columbia University. He did graduate work in Philosophy at Northwestern University and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Hamilton College and Marlboro College.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Diplomacy and other public policy organizations, Mr. Luers serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards. Still active in the arts, Mr. Luers is the American international advisor for the Praemium Imperiale Annual Awards to the Arts. He is fluent in Russian, Spanish, and Italian. Mr. Luers is married to Wendy Woods Luers, founder and president of The Foundation for Civil Society.

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