Bryant Jones has joined Boise State University in a dual role within the School of Public Service.
As director of external affairs, he will focus on developing cooperative relationships with business, public and government contacts and pave the way for future opportunities for the School of Public Service. His responsibilities will include managing external affairs with officials in local, state and federal government.
Jones’ work will create opportunities for students to contribute to Idaho’s urban and rural policy development, as well as contribute to public policy discussions with Idaho leaders nationally. His responsibilities will also include the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and major gift donors to Boise State and the School of Public Service.
Jones has held various staff positions with the White House Office of Management and Budget covering international affairs. He also served as a special advisor for research and evaluation for the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources for the Department of State’s Undersecretariat of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.
A student of biology and comparative international politics, Jones graduated from the University of Vermont. He then traveled abroad to earn a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language from Peking University and to teach English to middle school students in China before earning a Master of Public Administration at The George Washington University.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."