Joseph DeThomas

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'73, '76g History
Joseph DeThomas

2015 Outstanding Liberal Arts Alumni Award

Joseph DeThomas '73, '76g History, boasts a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State, specializing in global security issues. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Nonproliferation, among other leading positions in several countries. 

Joe received several Department of State Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Honor Award for earthquake rescue work in Mexico. A distinguished graduate of the National War College, Joe also holds an MPA degree from Harvard University.

He is a Liberal Arts mentor. This fall, he will be a Professor of Practice in Penn State’s School of International Affairs. 

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