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April 2002

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Plus ça Change…

We have seen some changes here at the journal’s corporate sponsor, and I thought it might be well to let you in on them. But bear in mind, changes or no, the basics will remain the same.

The parent organization of American Diplomacy, American Diplomacy Publishers (ADP), has just made a move to enhance its ability to present to the reading public an authoritative, interesting electronic journal. As a policy information and educational corporation incorporated in North Carolina, ADP has tax-deductible status granted by the U. S. Internal Revenue Service. With American Diplomacy its principal focus, the publishing firm over the past five-plus years has provided to the journal administrative support and, through its distinguished board of directors, overall policy guidance. With the changes just approved by the board, that capacity will, we believe, be enhanced.

Since its establishment in January 1997, ADP has enjoyed considerable stability in its elective officials: Amb. Frank Crigler was ADP president as well as American Diplomacy journal publisher until the end of 2000. At that time, he resigned from active participation in the enterprise. This writer had served as vice president and editor; beginning in late 2000, the responsibilities of acting president were added.

Happily we have now reorganized, as of April 24. The board of directors in quarterly meeting duly convened voted into office unanimously a new president—Amb. William N. Dale—and a new vice president—Amb. Jeanette W. Hyde, both themselves sitting ADP board members. See below for information on their distinguished careers. Yours truly turned over the ADP reins to ambassadors Dale and Hyde that day, but will continue as editor. Whew!

The other two elected ADP officers (both board members), Secretary J. Edgar Williams and Treasurer R. Bartlett Moon, remain in office, we are all pleased to report. Bart Moon stays on, as well, in the demanding role of publisher, a position he has filled since the beginning of 2001.

The personnel and responsibilities of the journal‘s almost completely volunteer staff remain the same (see "About American Diplomacy" on this Web site for a listing, complete with photos, of staffers). The same can be said of the Editorial Review Panel, members of which have given so much of their time in screening manuscripts submitted to American Diplomacy for publication. This same web page site lists their names.

So, there you have it. And here, for your information, are brief biographic sketches of ADP’s two new principal corporate officers:

Ambassador William N. Dale, President
Bill Dale was born at Washington, D. C., grew up in New England, and now resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant (senior grade). Having earned B. A. and M. A. degrees from Harvard University, he entered the Foreign Service in 1946. As a career diplomat, Dale served abroad at U. S. missions in Denmark, Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Israel, and as American ambassador to the Central African Republic, 1973-75. While in the Foreign Service, he graduated from the NATO Defense College in Paris and the National War College at Washington. Other of his assignments included deputy assistant secretary of state and member, National Security Council.

Since retiring in 1976, Amb. Dale has been involved in numerous educational and foreign affairs-related activities. He has published widely in the field, including a number of commentaries in American Diplomacy.

Ambassador Jeanette M. Hyde, Vice President
A native North Carolinian now living in Raleigh, Jeanette Hyde has combined highly successful careers in education, social work, business, and diplomacy. She did her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest and Delta State universities and has undertaken graduate work at the universities of North Carolina and Maryland and at N. C. State University. After teaching for two years in Crete, she soon entered the field of business entrepreneurship, establishing successful ventures in retail sales, real estate, investment, and banking. From 1994 to 1998, she held the position of U. S. ambassador to seven Eastern Caribbean countries, based in Barbados. Returning to her home and private life in the latter year, she has continued her very active interest in foreign affairs. She serves on a remarkable number of area governing bodies and university boards of directors, as well as the Council of American Ambassadors in Washington, D. C.

April 2002



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