Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers who are located throughout the United States and are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers in the US Department of State. Each year only 16 Foreign Service Officers, covering 16 geographic regions within the US, have the pleasure and honor to serve in domestic assignments as Diplomats in Residence. They promote careers and fellowship opportunities to prospective individuals throughout their region in order to create a pipeline of diverse competitive applicants for the Department of State. They also represent the Department of State at programs and events sponsored by foreign affairs groups, academic institutions and professional organizations.
Since the mid-1990s, Duke University has had the privilege of hosting the Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region, widely known as one of the most active regions in our nation thanks to its wealth of great colleges and universities that share the US Department of State’s global perspective.
The current DIR for the Mid-Atlantic Region can be contacted at: DIRMidAtlantic@state.gov.
Kathryn Crockart: DIR 2018-present
Kathryn Crockart is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently serving as the Diplomat in Residence for the mid-Atlantic region (North Carolina, South Carolina, and most of Virginia). In this role, she helps open access to career opportunities with the US Department of State for a diverse cross-section of Americans interested in serving and representing our country.
Mrs. Crockart returned to the United States in August 2018 from her most recent overseas assignment at the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2017-2018), where she served as the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs. She led all American public diplomacy efforts in Pakistan through robust outreach and media engagement conducted by the Embassy and our three Consulates. While in Islamabad, Mrs. Crockart also chaired the board at the US Educational Foundation in Pakistan, which administers large-scale exchange programs, including the largest US government-funded Fulbright scholarship program in the world.
Mrs. Crockart is a Public Diplomacy-coned Foreign Service Officer. Her other assignments include the US Embassy in London (2014-2017), where she was the Spokesperson and Director of the Press Office. She served as Principal Officer at the US Consulate in Medan, Indonesia (2011-2014), leading all American diplomatic efforts on the island of Sumatra. She has also served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Belize City, Belize; and both Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. The State Department has recognized Mrs. Crockart with its individual Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards four times each. Prior to joining the State Department in 1999, she worked at The (Durham) Herald-Sun in her home state of North Carolina.
Mrs. Crockart received her BA with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She speaks German, Indonesian, and Malay, and has studied French.
Ambassador Arnold Chacon: DIR 2017-2018
Before coming to Duke, Ambassador Arnold Chacon was the director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources from 2014-2017, leading a team of 800 civil and foreign service employees who carry out the human resources activities essential to recruiting, retaining and sustaining the State Department’s 75,000-person workforce.
Chacon was the US Ambassador to Guatemala from 2011-2014 and Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Madrid from 2008-2011. He has also served at American embassies in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Italy, Mexico, and Honduras, as well as with the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York.
He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Service Association and the Hispanic Employees Council of the Foreign Affairs Agencies and was a fellow at the American Political Science Association. Chacon has received the State Department’s Presidential Rank Award and other leadership honors.