HEBRON — Hebron Academy Head of School John King recently welcomed alumnus Thomas N. Hull to the academy’s board of trustees. Hull joins a group of 20 fellow alumni and parents who are responsible for the governance of the school and oversee programs, personnel and financial operations.

Hull is a member of the Hebron class of 1964. He attended Dickinson College, where he received a bachelors degree in history, and continued his graduate education at Columbia University, where he pursued his masters degree in education, M.I.A. in international affairs and Certificate of the Institute of African Studies and was a candidate for his doctorate in education.

Hull’s career began as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Sierra Leone from 1968 to 1970. He joined the Foreign Service, and served as Director of African Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency from 1995 to 1997. He returned to the Republic of Sierra Leone as Ambassador in 2004, where he assisted the country’s evolution from peacekeeping to peace building.

His 31-year diplomatic career also included assignments in Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Czechoslovakia, Somalia, Burkina Faso and Congo, where he was involved in issues of conflict and peace, revolution and transformation and democracy and development.

Hull’s contributions during and following the collapse of communism in Prague earned him a Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President Clinton. He founded the Fulbright Commissions for Educational Exchange with the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Before joining the Foreign Service, he assisted former Sen. J. William Fulbright at the Institute of International Education in New York.

Currently, Hull is Warburg professor of international relations at Simmons College in Boston, Mass., and teaches in the political science department.

He met his wife, Jill, in 1969 when they were both Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone. They have one daughter, Kirsten.


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