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Aug. 18, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Communications, (785) 864-7100.

KU provost named to prestigious Council on Foreign Relations

LAWRENCE — Richard W. Lariviere, provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas, has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, the nation’s leading nongovernmental, nonpartisan think tank on foreign affairs.

Lariviere, chief academic and chief operations officer for KU’s Lawrence campus, is an internationalist, fluent in several languages and an expert in Hindu law. He becomes the third KU member on the council, joining Rice Distinguished Professor of Law Raj Bhala and his wife, KU philosophy graduate student Kara Tan Bhala.

“It is great news for Kansas to have the KU provost on the Council on Foreign Relations,” said Karyn Page, president and CEO of the Kansas World Trade Center, based in Wichita. “His presence will be good visibility and good international exposure for the state, which will benefit Kansas industries, from agriculture and aviation to telecommunications and biotechnology.”

Members of the Council on Foreign Relations constitute a who’s who of scholars, business leaders, government officials, policymakers and journalists. They include former secretaries of state Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick and Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker of Kansas, news anchor Tom Brokaw, economist Alan Greenspan, former president Bill Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Membership recognizes exceptional achievement in international affairs, as well as the promise of future contributions.

Lariviere has served on the board of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers since 1991 and as chair from 1998 to 2004; on the board of directors for the Hong Kong American Center; and as a U.S. delegate to the Union Academique Internationale since 1995 and as a board member since 2004.

In addition to his academic work, Lariviere has extensive business experience, largely spawned by frequent travel and research in India. From 1995 to 2003, he served on the board of HPS, an information technology services company joint venture between the HCL Corp. and Perot Systems Corp. He also has consulted for MetLife, Cisco Systems, Sabre Holdings, Telular Corp. and other companies.

In his previous position as dean of liberal arts at the University of Texas, Lariviere was a fellow in the IC2 Institute, a highly successful research center and technology incubator.

With headquarters in New York and an office in Washington, D.C., the Council on Foreign Relations is known for publishing Foreign Affairs, the most widely recognized journal on international affairs and foreign policy. Its members are also known for convening high-profile debates and discussions on major international issues of the day.

The council has about 4,200 life members.

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