Former ambassador to Uganda visits Chapel Hill to learn about UNC’s work in Africa
|February 18, 2013|
Jerry P. Lanier, principal deputy coordinator for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, met with public health and other leaders on The University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill on Feb. 15.
Lanier, a career diplomat with 29 years’ service in the State Department, including an ambassadorship to Uganda from 2009 to 2012, visited the campus to learn about UNC’s work in Africa.
At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Lanier met with Peggy Bentley, PhD, associate dean for global health and Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of nutrition; Suzanne Maman, PhD, associate professor of health behavior; and Mamie Sackey-Harris, MS, MPH, director of Africa Programs at the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and adjunct assistant professor in the public health school’s Public Health Leadership Program.Lanier met earlier in the day with Jim Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the MEASURE Evaluation Program at UNC’s Carolina Population Center. He also met with representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences, the law school, the Provost’s office, and Carolina for Kibera, among others. He was accompanied by his wife, Catherine Kannenberg, PhD.
The former ambassador has served in the Philippines, Kenya, Thailand, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ghana. He also has served as special assistant to the assistant U.S. Secretary for African Afffairs, country officer for the Republic of Korea, legislative management officer for Africa, deputy director for the Office of West African Affairs and deputy director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Affairs.
Lanier received a bachelor’s degree at Pembroke State University and a master’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. He lectured in history for three years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte prior to his diplomatic career.
“We are so fortunate that Ambassador Lanier visited UNC to learn more about our Africa programs,” said Peggy Bentley, PhD, associate dean for global health at the Gillings School. “His experience on the continent, in several diplomatic posts in both western and eastern sub-Saharan Africa, provided a rich conversation and opportunity to share our work. Since Ambassador Lanier is a UNC alumnus, we welcome him to return often to Chapel Hill.”