September 17, 2015 Ambassador Robert Gallucci to Serve as Director of the John W. Kluge Center

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Robert L. Gallucci, a former U.S. ambassador who most recently served as president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has been named the interim director of the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. He will assume the position on Sept. 21 and will replace Jane McAuliffe, who earlier this year was named director of National and International Outreach, a new service unit of the Library of Congress. Gallucci’s appointment is for nine months.

Gallucci served as president of the MacArthur Foundation from 2009 to 2014. Prior, from 1996 to 2009, he served as dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

The Kluge Center, a scholarly research center within the Library of Congress, offers the opportunity to attract to Washington the world’s best thinkers, to facilitate their access to the Library's unparalleled collections, and to engage them in conversation with members of the U.S. Congress and other public figures. The Kluge Center director oversees the selection of this vibrant community of scholars and guides the development of a rich program of lectures, symposia, panel discussions and book talks from current and former residents.

Gallucci has 21 years of distinguished public service. As ambassador-at-large and special envoy for the U.S. Department of State, he dealt with threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, and served as assistant secretary of state for political military affairs and as deputy executive chairman of the UN Special Commission, overseeing the disarmament of Iraq following the first Gulf War.

Gallucci has a distinguished academic career as an administrator. During his tenure as dean at Georgetown, Gallucci led in the creation of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He also oversaw the creation of the Program for Jewish Civilization, an interdisciplinary research and teaching center, and the Mortara Center for International Studies, whose mission is to bring together scholars and policy makers in area of international affairs. Most recently he has been a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his master’s and doctorate degrees at Brandeis University.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together top scholars to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources, and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Kluge Center visit

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