Former U.S. Ambassador Robert Orr to Lecture at FAU

Robert "Skipp" Orr, former U.S. ambassador and FAU alumnus, presents “The Evolution of a U.S. Ambassador: Policy and Perspective in a Global Age.”

By polly burks | 9/29/2016

The 2016 Florida Atlantic University John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture presents Robert “Skipp” Orr, former U.S. ambassador and FAU alumnus, with “The Evolution of a U.S. Ambassador: Policy and Perspective in a Global Age.” The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at, by calling 800-564-9539, or by visiting the Box Office in FAU’s Student Union, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FAU faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10, and students are $5.

Orr will discuss his evolution from congressional staffer to ambassador of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, and the effect that these experiences have had in helping to formulate America’s foreign policy in Asia from 2010 to now.

Orr graduated from FAU in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University, and a doctorate in political science from Tokyo University. He was a congressional staffer in Washington D.C. from 1976 to 1981, and was then appointed to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Orr was president of Boeing Japan and vice president of Motorola’s European Affairs Division. In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama named Orr as executive director of the Manila-based Asian Development Bank, with the rank of ambassador.

The mission of the John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty and public guests with exposure to a distinguished historian whose lecture/presentation broadens and deepens understanding of the major thematic and conceptual aspects of 20th century American history relevant to O’Sullivan’s specialties. Over the years, FAU has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the Nuclear Age, the Holocaust, modern American culture, and 20th century political and diplomatic affairs. For more information, visit