Former U.S. Ambassador Invites Honors Students to Lead in Communities, the World
“Everyone in this room today is a leader,” former U.S. Ambassador Marianne Matuzic Myles ’75 told a group of about 115 students assembled for the annual Honors Convocation April 20 in the Campus Center.
She encouraged the academic award-winners with a quote from poet Mary Lou Anderson.
“We are called to take risks, to change attitudes, to gamble our lives to change the world,” said Myles, who spent much of her professional career overseas, serving in a wide variety of Foreign Service positions over nearly four decades. “These are the keys to being a good leader.”
She recently concluded a term as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Cape Verde, an archipelago in the Atlantic off the coast of African nations Senegal and Mauritania. Her career has also taken her to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Italy.
She is currently dean of the School of Language Studies at the State Department’s Foreign Services Institute. She herself speaks Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Myles closed by urging students to use their talents to lead and to give back through public service and volunteerism. Just as each generation “stands on the shoulders” of those before, so will future generations, she said.
“In the 150 years since Oswego was founded in 1861, there have been a lot of strong shoulders associated with this beautiful school,” Myles said. “Let’s keep that chain going.”
⎯ Shane M. Liebler
Former U.S. Ambassador Marianne Matuzic Myles '75 was keynote speaker at this year's Honors Convocation in April.
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