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MSU to award honorary doctorate to American diplomat Brooke D. Anderson

November 21, 2014 -- Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service

Video about Ambassador Brooke D. Anderson created for the 2014 Fall Commencement ceremony.Brooke D. Anderson, an accomplished American diplomat who has served as a U.S. ambassador at the United Nations and who most recently served as senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State on the Iran nuclear negotiations, will receive an honorary doctorate in letters during Montana State Universityââ¬â¢s fall commencement, university officials announced today. Photo courtesy of Brooke D. Anderson.

Video about Ambassador Brooke D. Anderson created for the 2014 Fall Commencement ceremony.

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Brooke D. Anderson, an accomplished American diplomat who has served as an ambassador at the United Nations, as chief of staff and counselor for the White House National Security Council and most recently as senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State on the Iran nuclear negotiations, will receive an honorary doctorate in letters during Montana State University’s fall commencement, university officials announced today.

MSU's fall commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.          

Anderson has more than 25 years of experience working in the public policy arena, with a focus on national security and reducing global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. She has served as a manager and adviser to U.S. presidents, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and leading philanthropists.  

“Ambassador Anderson has distinguished herself and the state of Montana, both through her work and her life decisions,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “She is an inspiring role model and most worthy of Montana State University’s highest honor.”

From February through November 2014, Ambassador Anderson has been a senior member of the U.S. negotiating team working to resolve concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. Anderson has spent nearly two decades working on nuclear weapons issues, including at the U.S. Department of Energy and at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. She was co-director of the Nuclear Security Project, working with former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn to advance the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and taking concrete steps toward that goal.

In 2012, she headed a delicate U.S. mission to Cairo that helped lead to the release of American and other foreign pro-democracy workers. In December 2011, while serving as president of the U.N. Security Council, Anderson negotiated a Security Council resolution to prevent a stolen election in Cote d'Ivoire.  

In 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed Anderson to represent the United States at the U.N. as alternate representative for special political affairs at the U.S. mission to the U.N., where Anderson focused on the U.N. Security Council, including peacekeeping, nonproliferation and Israeli-Palestinian issues. Anderson served as chief national security spokeswoman and policy adviser for the Obama-Biden transition and was a member of the White House National Security Council transition team. During the Clinton administration, Anderson worked at the White House National Security Council as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for communications.  

Ambassador Anderson moved to Bozeman in March 2012 and says she looks forward to resuming her position in MSU’s Department of Political Science teaching a course entitled "National Security Policy Decision-Making: Sitting in the Hot Seat at the White House," as well as at the Honors College, where she will teach an honors seminar on nuclear threats in the 2lst century.

For more information about MSU's fall commencement, visit http://www.montana.edu/commencement.

Contact: Tracy Ellig, executive director, University Communications, (406) 994-5607 or tellig@montana.edu