Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II

The University of the South celebrates the election of Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II as Sewanee's 17th vice-chancellor and president. He is a native Southerner whose life and distinguished career have taken him from the U.S. Naval Academy to the University of Cambridge, and from Africa to Washington, D.C. In selecting Ambassador Brigety to serve as vice-chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor Search Committee found that he is uniquely positioned, as he put it, to “bring Sewanee to the world and the world to Sewanee.” Explore this site to learn more about Vice-Chancellor-elect Brigety and his vision for Sewanee.

Read the Announcement

Reuben E. Brigety II, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and former U.S. ambassador to the African Union, has been elected by the Board of Trustees as the University’s 17th vice-chancellor.


Reuben Brigety reflects on some of Sewanee's distinguishing characteristics, shares his vision for Sewanee's future, and discusses his plans to be a student-focused leader and his passion for helping young people find their places in the world.


See Vice-Chancellor-elect Brigety’s introduction, watch his remarks, and browse photos of this historic and celebratory day as Sewanee welcomes its 17th vice-chancellor and president.

Read Comments from Reuben Brigety’s Colleagues

Vice-Chancellor-elect Brigety has spent his life in public service, including as an ambassador and the last five years as dean. His colleagues—from across his academic, policy, and military career—share their thoughts about why Sewanee is fortunate to have him on the Mountain.

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