William B. Bader
William B. Bader was sworn in on November 18, 1999, as Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, following confirmation by the Senate on November 10. Dr. Bader is responsible for all of the Department's educational exchange and cultural affairs programming, including the J. William Fulbright Program, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, the International Visitor Program, citizen exchanges, cultural programs, English teaching programs, and the designation of approved exchange program sponsors.
Prior to his Department of State appointment, Dr. Bader served as the Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Information Agency. He is a former Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Bader has served as a Foreign Service Officer with the Office of Regional Political Military Affairs, as a senior staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the Chairmanship of Senator J. William Fulbright, and as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. He also served as Senior Vice President of SRI International. He has been President of the Eurasia Foundation and served as a Visiting Economics Fellow at the World Bank.
Dr. Bader was on the faculty of Princeton University and served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Austria Between East and West: 1945-1955, The United States and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, The Taiwan Relations Act: A Decade of Implementation, as well as numerous articles. Dr. Bader has received the Meritorious Service Medal from the Department of State, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Osterreichische Ehrenkreuz fur Wissenschaft and Kunst 1. Klasse (Officer's Cross). He served on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958 and holds the rank of Captain in the U. S. Naval Reserve.
Dr. Bader graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in 1953 and received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1964. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Munich from 1953 to 1954. He is married and has four children.
See also the remarks by Under Secretary Thomas Pickering at the swearing-in ceremony.
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