Robert Gosende "is associate vice chancellor for international programs for the State University of New York. He served for over 30 years in the Foreign Service of the United States in the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State before becoming Special Assistant to the Chancellor for International Programs at the State University of New York in December of l998. Mr. Gosende's overseas experience includes tours of duty as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Libya, Somalia, and Poland, and as Minister-Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs and Director of the U.S. Information Service in the Russian Federation in 1996-98.
"He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Somalia during the height of the humanitarian crisis in that country in l992-93. He received Presidential Awards from Presidents Bush and Clinton for his service as USIA's Director for African Affairs and as the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia. Mr. Gosende received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts."
Member of the Public Diplomacy Council.
- "Biography", Public Diplomacy Council, Accessed November 2006.