Acting Peace Corps Director to be 2014 Commencement Speaker


Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, acting director of the Peace Corps, will speak at the 2014 Commencement for Antioch University New England (AUNE) students on Saturday, May 17.

Since 2011, AUNE has been a member of the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, offering scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. This year, a dozen AUNE students are Coverdell Fellows.

“We’re thrilled that Director Hessler-Radelet will address our 2014 graduates,” said Stephen Jones, president of AUNE. “The Peace Corps and AUNE share a mission to effect global change, one volunteer and one graduate at a time. We realize that inspiration, education, and action are powerful forces. The Peace Corps and AUNE aspire to win victories for humanity through selfless service!”

About Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet was appointed acting director in July 2013; she also served as acting director of the agency from September 2012 to April 2013. She had been appointed deputy director of the Peace Corps in June 2010.

At the agency, she has led the roll-out of the Focus In/Train Up initiative and implemented policies and processes to improve the health and safety of volunteers. She has been instrumental in instituting the new Office of Global Health and HIV, and the Global Health Service Partnership.

Hessler-Radelet has more than two decades of experience in public health, focused on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. Before her appointment to the Peace Corps, she was vice president and director of the Washington, D.C., office of John Snow Inc., a global public-health organization. She was involved in the establishment of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and was a Johns Hopkins Fellow with USAID in Indonesia.

Hessler-Radelet is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Western Samoa from 1981;83. Four generations of her family have served as Peace Corps Volunteers: her aunt was the 10,000th Peace Corps Volunteer and served in Turkey, her grandparents served in Malaysia, and her nephew completed his service as an HIV education volunteer in Mozambique in 2009.

She holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University.
Find out more about Hessler-Radelet here.

AUNE Commencement
AUNE will confer master’s degrees in applied psychology, education, environmental studies, and organization and management at the May 17 Commencement at Keene Middle School. It will also award doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, applied psychology, and environmental studies.