Ambassador Edward J. Perkins was named to the William J. Crowe Professorship and Executive Director of the International Program Center by the University of Oklahoma Regents in March of 1996. In 2006 he was also named Senior Vice Provost of International Programs. Previously, Ambassador Perkins served as the Clinton Administration's representative to the Commonwealth of Australia from 1993-1996. In 1996, he retired with the rank of Career Minister in the US Foreign Service. During his career, he has held positions as Director General of the Foreign Service, and held positions in the Bureau of Personnel, Bureau of Far Eastern and South Asian Affairs and Office of Management Operations. He has served in the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana (1978), and as deputy Chief of Missions to the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia (1981). In 1985, he was appointed Ambassador to Liberia and in 1986, he was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. In 1992, he was appointed as US Representative to the United Nations and US Representative in the UN Security Council (1992-93). He received his BA from the University of Maryland, MA and Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California. Ambassador Perkins has been honored with several distinguished and meritorious service awards. He is married to Lucy Cheng-mei Liu. They have two daughters, Katherine Karla Shih-tsu Perkins and Sarah Elizabeth Shih-yin Perkins.
BA, University of Maryland, 1968; Distance Course on Industrial Management under the auspices of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 1970; Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1972; Ph.D. (Public Administration), University of Southern California, 1978. Honorary Degrees: University of Southern California, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, 1995; Bowie State College, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, 1993; St. Augustine College, Doctor of Humane Laws, Honoris Causa, 1991; Winston-Salem State University, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1990; Beloit College, Doctor of Humanities, 1990; University of Maryland, University College, Doctor of Laws, 1990; St. John's University, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, 1990; Lewis and Clark College, Doctor of Laws, 1988.
American Academy of Diplomacy; American Consortium for International Public Administration; American Foreign Service Association; The American Legion; American Political Science Association; American Society for Public Administration; Asia Society; Center for the Study of the Presidency; Chester A. Arthur Society; Council on Foreign Relations; Epsilon Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Foreign Policy Association; Institute of International Education; International Studies Association; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; The Navy League; Pacific Council on International Policy; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Public Service Commission; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chevy Chase Chapter; World Affairs Council of Oklahoma; World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C.
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