Robert B. Andrew
Farzaneh Hall, Room 202
Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR) Program
Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.
Robert B. Andrew is a Foreign Service Officer in the US Department of State and since September 2014 has been the Diplomat in Residence for the Central Region of the United States (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota). Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Political Section Chief at the US Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden from 2011-2014. In that capacity, he reported extensively on Sweden’s evolving relationship with NATO as well as Sweden’s leading role in the European Union’s outreach to Eastern European countries. Prior to the posting in Sweden, Mr. Andrew served as the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica from 2007-2010, working closely with Costa Rican authorities to help train and equip their police force to combat drug trafficking. As the political-military officer at the US Embassy in Moscow from 2005-2007, Mr. Andrew reported on Russia’s defense and security policies. He also served in several capacities within the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico from 2003-2005.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Andrew was a U.S. Army officer from 1989-2002, during which time he earned the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his actions in Iraq in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He has served in Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and Presidio of Monterey, California. Born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Northern California, Mr. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Chico and a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Mr. Andrew speaks Spanish, Swedish, and has a working knowledge of Russian and French. He is married and has a daughter attending the University of Oklahoma.