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UGA Alumnus Takes Appointment as US Chargé d’ Affaires to Libya

It never ceases to amaze me how far and wide UGA graduates are spread across the world. Recently, William Roebuck (JD ’92) arrived in Tripoli to take up his position as the U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires to Libya. The alumnus will continue the work of Laurence Pope, who has served in that capacity since October 2011. Pope took over following the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens during an assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi.

Roebuck said he looks forward to working with the Libyan government and the Libyan people as the U.S. continues to build the relationship between the two countries. Roebuck has been in the foreign service since 1992. Prior to joining the State Department, he served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps, teaching English in the Ivory Coast, and worked as an English teacher and school administrator at a Saudi military school in Saudi Arabia from 1982 to 1987.

Congratulations to William Roebuck for being selected for this role during such an important time for both Libya and the U.S. I have no doubt that Roebuck’s vast experience in foreign affairs and in the region will serve him well. The UGA Alumni Association is honored to have such a distinguished diplomat representing our alma mater. We wish him the best and will pray for his continued safety in all that he does.

The information for this post was sourced from The Tripoli Post 

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