Delano Lewis, former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and retired chief executive officer of National Public Radio (NPR), will speak during New Mexico State University’s Model United Nations fund-raising dinner Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Sonoma Ranch Country Club. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Delano Lewis, former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and retired chief executive officer of National Public Radio, will speak during New Mexico State University’s Model United Nations fund-raising dinner Tuesday, Nov. 16. (Courtesy Photo)
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Kansas University in 1960 and a law degree from Washburn University in 1963. He worked as an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department and later for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. From 1966 to 1969, Lewis served in the U.S. Peace Corps as associate director in Nigeria and later as country director in Uganda. On his return from Africa, he was named director of the Peace Corps’ East and Southern Africa Division.
After rising through the ranks of C&P Telephone in Washington, D.C., he became president and CEO. In 1994 he became CEO of NPR. Lewis retired from NPR in 1998, and one year later was appointed by former President Bill Clinton as U.S. ambassador to South Africa.
NMSU’s Model United Nations program builds leadership and awareness of global politics. Students compete at the National Model United Nations simulation in New York City where they meet high-level diplomats, serve on multilateral committees and research, write and debate international issues of the day. NMSU’s Model UN program is the only one of its kind in New Mexico and West Texas.
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