NEWPORT, R.I. – Donald Gregg, former ambassador to Korea and chairman emeritus of the Korea Society, will give a public lecture, “Good News and Bad News from the Korean Peninsula,” as part of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy’s lecture series. His talk will be presented on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Pell Center, corner of Bellevue and Ruggles avenues.
While free and open to the public, seating for Gregg's lecture is limited and reservations are required. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact the Pell Center at (401) 341-2927 or firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15.
Gregg served in the U.S Army and later graduated from Williams College in 1951. Immediately after graduation, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency and was assigned to Japan, Burma, Vietnam and Korea.
Gregg was special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador in Korea from 1973 to 1975, and was decorated by the Korean government in 1975. In 1979, he was seconded to the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he was in charge of intelligence activities and was subsequently given responsibility for Asian policy affairs.
Vice president George Bush in 1982 asked Gregg to become his National Security Advisor, supporting the Vice President in the areas of foreign policy, defense and intelligence.
From September 1989 to 1993, Gregg served as the U.S. Ambassador to Korea. While ambassador, his efforts were directed toward helping the U.S.-Korea relationship mature from a military alliance into an economic and political partnership. Gregg was also active in support of U.S.-Korea business activities.
In 1993, Gregg retired from a 43-year career in the United States government to become the president and chairman of The Korea Society and was bestowed the title of Chairman Emeritus.