Ambassador-in-Residence and Professor of International Relations Joseph H. Melrose was honored with an honorary degree from Francis Marion University May 5. Francis Marion University is one of South Carolina’s 13 public, coeducational universities.
Ambassador Melrose is a 1966 Ursinus graduate and a 1969 graduate of Temple University. He also holds an honorary degree in Democratic and Human Rights Studies from Hilla University in Iraq, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Ursinus.
He served as acting representative for management and reform at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State for more than three decades. During this time he was Ambassador to Sierra Leone, brokering a peace treaty, and served in Vietnam, Syria and Nigeria, and as consul General in Karachi, Pakistan. He leads the Ursinus Model U.N. delegation annually, and is former President of Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association, sponsors of the Model UN. He helped to initiate the first international Model UN, which was held in China in 2008.
Melrose also served as coordinator for the State Department’s post-September 11th Task Force and headed the Emergency Support Team deployed to Nairobi, Kenya, following U.S. Embassy bombings in the late 1990s. His many international contacts visit his Ursinus classes frequently during the academic year.