|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GW ELLIOTT SCHOOL ALUMNUS ADMIRAL JOSEPH
W. PRUEHER IS UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC
WASHINGTON- Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, an alumnus of The George
Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, was unanimously
confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as ambassador to the People's
Republic of China, last week. Prueher earned a master's degree in international
affairs from GW in 1969. He is the second Elliott School graduate to serve as
U.S. ambassador to China, James Lilley having served from April 1989 to May
GW's Elliott School Dean Harry Harding welcomed the Senate's action, saying
"we wish Admiral Prueher the best in meeting the new challenges he will face in
Beijing. His appointment to this important post is yet more evidence of the high
quality of the Elliott School's graduates."
Last May, Prueher served as the commencement speaker for the Elliott School's
centennial anniversary graduation ceremony. In that address, Prueher laid out
what he regarded as the three prerequisites for successful leadership: "know
your stuff, act decisively and with integrity and take care of your people." He
illustrated these three principles by drawing on his extensive experience in
leadership positions in the U.S. Navy.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Prueher graduated from Montgomery Bell
Academy and entered the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with distinction in 1964.
He had a distinguished career in the navy, ending with his appointment as the
17th U.S. naval officer to hold the position of commander in chief, U.S.
Pacific Command (USPACOM), Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. In the post he led the largest
of the unified commands and directed Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force
operations across more than 100 million square miles-- more than 50 percent
of the earth's surface.
The Elliott School is GW's professional school of international affairs and
offers undergraduate, graduate and executive programs of study. Elliott School
faculty includes some of the world's leading experts in international affairs.
Over 1,500 students from 31 countries gives the school a truly international
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