Nagy, Tibor Jr.


Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. has been Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University since 2003, and also teaches on contemporary Africa as well as global issues. As Vice Provost he oversees all international programs including study abroad, international exchanges, and international student and scholar services.  He also lectures nationally on Africa, foreign policy, international development, and US diplomacy – and frequently discusses these issues on local, national and global media.  Ambassador Nagy has advised two Presidential campaigns:  serving as Gov. Romney’s Africa policy group co-chair in 2012 and on then Presidential candidate Obama’s Africa group in 2008. Previously he was the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1999-2002), Guinea (1996-99), and Deputy Ambassador to Nigeria (1993-95), Cameroon (1990-93), and Togo (1987-90).  His other overseas posts included Zambia, the Seychelles, and a previous tour in Ethiopia.

Ambassador Nagy was born in Budapest, Hungary and arrived in the United States as a political refugee in 1957.  He received a B.A. (History and Government) from Texas Tech University in 1972 and an M.S.A. (Systems Management) from George Washington University in 1978.  In addition to hundreds of classified reports he wrote as a diplomat, Ambassador Nagy has published articles on the work of Ambassadors, the life of diplomats, Africa, and a book on international management.

He has received numerous commendations, including Department of State awards for helping avert famine in Ethiopia, assisting in the effort to end the Ethio-Eritrean War, and supporting the evacuation of Americans from Sierra Leone while that nation was engulfed in violence.  He also received a knighthood from the President of Guinea in 1999 for helping restore relations with the US.  In 2012 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Texas-Africa Business Summit and an honorary doctorate in 2013 from Mekelle University (Ethiopia).

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