Philip T. Reeker

Ambassador Philip T. Reeker served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from July 2011 through October 2013, focused on the Balkans, Central Europe, and Holocaust Issues.   He was U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia from 2008 to 2011.  Ambassador Reeker will become Consul General in Milan, in 2014

Previous assignments include:  Minister Counselor for Public Affairs under Ambassador Ryan Crocker at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq (2007-2008);  Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest (2004-2007);  Deputy State Department Spokesman/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, under Secretaries of State Albright and Powell (2000-2004);  and Director of Press Relations at the State Department (1999-2000).  He served earlier tours in Budapest, Hungary and Skopje, Macedonia.

He is the 2013 Recipient of the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award, named in honor of the late Ambassador Frasure, “in recognition of his commitment to peace and the alleviation of human suffering caused by war or civil injustice.”  Reeker received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy in 2003.

Ambassador Reeker is a graduate of Yale University (1986), and received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management (1991).  He is married to Solveig Johnson Reeker, also a member of the U.S. Foreign Service.

Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, December 2013