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Two BC Grads Named U.S. Ambassadors

Ken Hackett '68, H'06 (L) and Daniel Clune '71 were recently named U.S. ambassadors.

Former Catholic Relief Services (CRS) president Ken Hackett '68, H'06, was confirmed by the Senate as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett retired in 2011 after almost 40 years with CRS, the U.S. bishops’ overseas relief and development agency is active in more than 100 countries. Hackett, a West Roxbury, Mass., native who joined the Peace Corps after his graduation from BC, managed CRS’s humanitarian efforts throughout the global south before he was appointed its president in 1993.

The National Catholic Reporter has more on Hackett’s career and new appointment.

Daniel Clune '71 has been named ambassador-designate to Laos. The Senate is considering the career foreign service officer’s nomination. Most recently, Clune served as the principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the Department of State. Recently, he testified before the American Senate Foreign Relations Committee as part of the confirmation process. A video excerpt of his testimony is available online.

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