John E. Roberts

Title: Retired United States Foreign Service Officer

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

John E. Roberts, Associate Professor and Retired United States Foreign Service Officer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international affairs.

Mr. Roberts celebrates more than six decades of dedication to education, international affairs, and intercultural cooperation as a retired United States Foreign Service Officer and an associate professor for Colorado State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning program. In 1961, as a freshman at the University of Colorado studying international affairs, Mr. Roberts had the opportunity to meet the newly-elected President John F. Kennedy, who had recently signed the Peace Corps into law. When Kennedy was assassinated in 1964, Mr. Roberts was a senior and decided to set aside his law school applications to join the Peace Corps instead. He worked in Somalia with the Peace Corps before deciding to continue his career in international development by joining the United States Foreign Service, where he served proudly until 1998 in 19 different countries on six continents, earning a Superior Honor Award from the United States Department of State.

Following his retirement, Mr. Roberts returned to Colorado, where he became a full-time associate professor for Colorado State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a continuing education program for learners aged 50 and older. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Arts in regional planning and rural development from Cornell University. Since 2010, Mr. Roberts has reduced his teaching course load at Colorado State University in order to spend time with his family and dedicate more of his energy to his other community obligations, including service on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the Board of Directors of the Fort Collins Symphony and the Global Village Museum of Arts & Culture, and the Rotary Club. In 2012, he was named Rotarian of the Year and a Worldly Buff by the University of Colorado. Mr. Roberts hopes to continue traveling internationally each year, with more than 194 countries in his passport to date, and is passionate about Colorado sports when not on the road.

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