Angela Dickey (75A, 79C)
Award: 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award
Achievements: Few could have predicted the illustrious story of the first Berry student to spend an academic year in a study abroad program at a foreign university. A commissioned officer of the U.S. Foreign Service, Angela Dickey (75A, 79C) has enjoyed a globe-spanning career in service to her country with the U.S. Department of State.
According to Dr. August J. de Berdt (FFS), associate professor of German Emeritus, Angela’s time at Berry “put her on a path of service in the world of international relations. She excelled from the beginning and all through her successful career in achieving a high level of public service.”
The first U.S. diplomat to have graduated from Berry, Angela earned a master of science in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master of arts in journalism from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked as a journalist and editor and also taught at the university level.
While working at the U.S. Consulate General Montreal Canada, she was recognized for her reporting on the efforts of the Quebec provincial government to secede from Canada. Later, at the U.S. Embassy in Mauritania, she reported to Washington on egregious human rights abuses by the government of Mauritania against ethnic minority peoples.
Angela was Iraq desk officer in Washington when the U.S. had no diplomatic relations with Iraq. Her office’s main objective was enforcing United Nations Security Council resolutions against Saddam Hussein’s regime and coordinating with the Department of Defense for the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the Kurdish minority in northern Iraq.
She directed political reporting at U.S. Embassy Sanaa, Yemen, and she also helped establish the U.S. humanitarian mine clearance program, for which she was recognized by the Department of Defense.
From 2002-2006 Angela worked in the State Department office handling relations with the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and East Timor. During that time she received two Superior Honor awards, for improving U.S. relations with Indonesia and for leading the task force that responded to the 2004 tsunami in Asia. The latter award cites her performance in helping to “save lives and reduce suffering.”
At the U.S. Embassy in Laos, she partnered with the government of Laos to reduce the amount of opium produced in the country. She earned recognition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and received a State Department Superior Honor award as well as the Medal of Labor, the highest distinction Laos confers on foreign citizens. She returned to Laos as Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador in 2011-2012. According to friend Gwen Hutcheson (50C), who has witnessed Angela in action in Yemen, Laos, and Vietnam, “she was successful in winning the trust of the people with whom she worked and she represented her country with great dignity.”
For her service as Deputy Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Angela received the Department of State’s James Clement Dunn Award, signed by former Secretary Hillary Clinton. The award recognized Angela “for outstanding policy acumen, remarkable commitment to management excellence, innovative and effective leadership, and remarkable integrity and moral courage.”
Angela is presently a State Department fellow with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), where she is researching land and resource conflicts in Southeast Asia. She also is a member of the USIP team delivering training to African peacekeepers deploying to the African Mission in Somalia.
The daughter of Dr. Ouida Word Dickey (50C, FFS) and the late Dr. Garland Dickey (42C, FFS), Angela grew up on the Berry campus along with sister Jennifer W. Dickey (77A, 80C). She has continued her commitment to Berry despite the distance and demands of her job.
“She has demonstrated in a successful way the educational values of her alma mater and translated those into service to mankind and her country,” de Berdt said.
Angela will retire from the State Department in September having reached the Foreign Service equivalent of a U.S. Army colonel. She plans to remain a passionate promoter of good relations between the United States and the citizens of other countries.