The diplomat-in-residence provides the College with a direct link to the State Department as well as other government agencies with an international focus. The diplomat-in-residence also serves as a resource to faculty and students, makes classroom presentations, serves as speaker at international events and counsels students who plan to take the Foreign Service Examination. The diplomat is also available to talk with students interested in careers with the United States Department of State.
Mr. Paul Edward Rowe served as the diplomat-in-residence based on Spelman's campus from 2008-2010. The diplomat-in-residence provides the College with a direct link to the State Department as well as other government agencies with an international focus. The diplomat-in-residence also serves as a resource to faculty and students, makes classroom presentations, serves as speaker at international events and counsels students who plan to take the Foreign Service Examination. Mr. Rowe is also available to talk with students interested in careers with the United States Department of State.
Biography of Paul E. Rowe
Paul Rowe hails from Newnan, GA and has been married to the former Glenda Lacross of New Orleans, LA for 35 years. They have one daughter, Dyonne Rochelle, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College in 2000. Mr. Rowe holds a Bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor concentration in economics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Rowe’s experience includes a stint as a Policeman in the city of Atlanta; a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central West African Country of Cameroon, where he taught English as a foreign language at the middle school level and became fluent in French at that time. Upon his return to the United States, he worked for two years as a marketing representative for the Shell Oil Company, managed a retail outlet for one year for the Southland Corp., and served for 1 year as a loan officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Mr. Rowe left the SBA to become Deputy Director of the Saunders B. Moon Community Action Assoc., a private non-profit organization that provided community services to a low-income community in the Mt. Vernon area of northern VA. After 4 and ½ years with this organization, Mr. Rowe became Country Desk Officer at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC where he had responsibility for liaison between Peace Corps headquarters and the Peace Corps programs in Cameroon, Gabon and the Central African Empire, to which he made annual visits. He also served as acting Peace Corps Country Director in Gabon from Sept. to Dec. in 1981.
Mr. Rowe joined the Foreign Service in 1983 and served 18 of the next 25 years overseas. He served as General Services Officer in Dakar, Senegal; Budget and Fiscal Officer in Nairobi, Kenya and Administrative Officer in Libreville, Gabon before returning to Washington to serve as Country Officer for Haiti during the boat people crisis of the early 90s. He was then selected to participate in the prestigious University Year Program sponsored by the Department of State. He was sent to Harvard University for a year where he earned a masters degree in Public Administration.
Following the year at Harvard, Mr. Rowe served as Administrative Counselor for 2 years respectively at each of the U.S. Embassies in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Cameroon. He then served for 3 years as Deputy Chief of Mission in the North Central West African country of Chad, during which time he was promoted to the rank of Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. Mr. Rowe was then selected to participate in the highly competitive and prestigious Senior Seminar at the Department of State, which lasted one year. He completed a two-year tour of duty as Management Counselor at the U.S. Mission in Bogotá, Colombia before assuming in September 2005 the position of Managing Director of Operations in the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations—a position equivalent to Deputy Assistant Secretary. During the spring of 2008, Mr. Rowe was elevated to the position of Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Mr. Rowe holds the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor, which is equivalent to the military rank of two star general.
Mr. Rowe’s hobbies are photography and flying. He holds a diploma from the New York Institute of Photography and has been a licensed pilot since 1979.
The U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam from 1999-2002, Ambassador Sylvia G. Stanfield formally served as as Diplomat-in-Residence at Spelman College. She is a career diplomat and a member of the United States Senior Foreign Service with the personal rank of Minister-Counselor.
Ambassador Stanfield’s first overseas assignment was as Vice-Consul in Taipei, Taiwan (1969-1971). Following a tour as a Watch Officer with the Department of State’s 24-hour Operations Center, she did further language studies in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) at the Department of State’s School of Advanced Chinese Language and Area Studies in Taichung, Taiwan.
She continued her Cantonese language training in Hong Kong then joined the political section of the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong. Specializing in Asian political affairs, she has served at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China (1979-81), at the American Institute in Taipei, Taiwan (1985-1987), and as Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand (1993-1995). Her Washington assignments have included the Office of China, Hong Kong & Mongolian Affairs (1979-1981) and the Office of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Affairs (1981-1983). She was Director of the Office of Australia and New Zealand Affairs (1990-1992) and headed the Department’s Office of Taiwan Coordination Affairs (1996-1998) prior to attending the 1998-1999 Senior Seminar, the highest level of executive training offered by the U.S. Government.
Ambassador Stanfield’s domestic assignments also have included the Office of Southern African Affairs, the Office of International Development Assistance, and the Office of the Inspector General. She has also served with the Examination Division of the Bureau of Human Resources.
Born in Texas, Ambassador Stanfield received a Bachelor of Arts degree in intercultural studies from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. Between her junior and senior years, she traveled throughout the Middle East and in Europe with a Western summer abroad program. Awarded a U.S. government sponsored East-West Center Grant for graduate studies, she obtained a Master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii and continued Chinese language studies at the University of Hong Kong School of Oriental Languages and Linguistics.