Theodore Osius, 2018 Board of Governors Biographic information

Ted Osius
Ambassador (ret.)
Vice President, Fulbright University Vietnam

Former Ambassador Ted Osius joined the leadership team of Fulbright University Vietnam in January 2018. He retired from the State Department in 2017 after nearly thirty years as a diplomat. From 2014 to 2017, he served as U.S. ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. During his tenure, he devised and implemented strategies to deepen security ties, sign tens of billions worth of commercial deals, expand educational exchange, and pin down agreements on trade, law enforcement, environmental protection, and addressing honestly a difficult past. Ambassador Osius’ leadership helped bring about a transformation in U.S.-Vietnam relations.

Earlier, Ambassador Osius was associate professor at the National War College and Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Ambassador Osius also served as deputy director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, regional environment officer for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and senior advisor on international affairs at the Office of the Vice President.

Early in his career, Ambassador Osius helped open the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and was one of the first U.S. diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in the Office of U.S. Senator Al Gore, and as a presidential intern at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education.

Ambassador Osius serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam. He chairs the Education Committee, which seeks to boost educational innovation for the betterment of Vietnamese society. Ambassador Osius loves travel, biking, sailing, theater and photography. He is married to Clayton Alan Bond; the couple has a three-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.

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