The American Center for Mongolian Studies is pleased to announce the addition of two new key employees who will lead our US and Ulaanbaatar offices. First, on October 1, 2017, Jonathan Addleton, former US Ambassador to Mongolia, assumed the role of ACMS Executive Director overseeing the US office of the ACMS. Amb. Addleton recently retired from a career with the US State Department and US Agency for International Development. He currently serves as an Adjunct in the Department of International and Global Affairs at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, which is providing ACMS with office and other support.
During his 33 years as a Foreign Service Officer, Amb. Addleton twice served in Mongolia, overseeing the USAID office in Ulaanbaatar (2001-2004) before returning as US Ambassador to Mongolia five years later (2009-2012). Amb. Addleton is already familiar with the network of American Overseas Research Centers, having served previously in several countries with research centers including Yemen, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Cambodia and Mongolia.
The ACMS is also pleased to announce that Tricia Turbold has accepted the post of Resident Director for the ACMS office in Ulaanbaatar. Ms. Turbold previously served as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia, where she significantly expanded the membership, program activities and outreach efforts of the organization. She will begin her duties on October 23, 2017, and will oversee the staff and operations of the ACMS in Mongolia.
The ACMS will maintain an active presence at the University of Pennsylvania through David Dettmann, former ACMS US Director, who is now leading administrative oversight for ACMS for an NEH Summer Institute on Mongolia for K-12 educators to be held at the University of Pennsylvania. Former Executive Director Charles Krusekopf is assuming new duties as a member of the ACMS Board of Directors and working with ACMS to develop new programs in Mongolia for students and faculty. Marc Tasse, the current ACMS Resident Director in Mongolia, is moving on to a new position in Ulaanbaatar to work with the international NGO People in Need.
While ACMS is experiencing several staff changes, programs and activities will continue as planned. This includes a number of fellowship opportunities for students and faculty in Mongolia in summer 2018, the continuing programs including the Speaker Series and Cultural Heritage initiatives, an NEH Summer Institute for K-12 educators at the University of Pennsylvania in summer 2018, and other conferences and programs over the coming year. Jonathan and Tricia are interested in meeting ACMS members and friends and discussing ways they can build from the strong foundation established by previous ACMS staff and develop new programs and resources with your support. Please welcome both Jonathan and Tricia to their new roles and keep supporting the ACMS with your ideas and contributions!