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David Shear ’75

David -ShearDavid Shear ’75 is a Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates, a global consulting firm. From 2014 to 2017, he was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, with responsibility for defense and security policy in the Asia and Pacific region. Prior to his confirmation in July 2014, David served for 32 years in the Foreign Service, most recently as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam. He also has served in Sapporo, Beijing, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur. In Washington, he has served in the offices of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Affairs and as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in 2008-2009, and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2009-2011. David was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Civilian Meritorious Service Award for his work in U.S.-Japan defense relations. David has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has attended Waseda University, Taiwan National University and Nanjing University. He and his wife Barbara have a first-degree rank in the practice of Kendo, or Japanese fencing. He speaks Chinese and Japanese. David joined the Trustees in early 2017.

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