UH Welcomes Institute for Global Engagement Executive Director
08/02/2021, 10:10:01 AM

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"The Institute for Global Engagement will equip students with a global mindset to meet the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly interconnected world. Ambassador Pelletier will play a pivotal role in the future of the Institute and the University. He is a visionary and innovative leader with tremendous international experience and global expertise."
—Provost Paula Myrick Short

Michael Pelletier was appointed the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros in January 2019. Now retired, he has been a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, and has served as an American diplomat since 1987. Most recently, Ambassador Pelletier served as the Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State. He has served at eight U.S. Missions overseas and in senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of State, including as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, India, and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs. 

"Global engagement enriches everything we do. I am excited to join the University of Houston’s great team to build on the strong commitment to international engagement and on the diversity of the University and Houston."
—Ambassador Michael Pelletier

Ambassador Pelletier earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, France, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. He is the recipient of thirteen senior State Department awards, including a Presidential Meritorious Service Award and the Linguist of the Year. Ambassador Pelletier is expected to begin his duties at UH on August 2, 2021. Please join me in welcoming Ambassador Pelletier to UH.

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Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH

provost@uh.edu | 832-842-0550

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