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Former U.S. Ambassador Michael Ussery is an international business developer who has helped lead major investments in East Europe and Mid-East. Ussery has served as an advisor to more than 60 major corporations and seven foreign governments. He is a founder of eight companies and three non-profit organizations.
Ussery serves on the board of directors of Techno Concepts (NASDAQ stock exchange). He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Romania - Moldova Direct Fund; Commissioner of Vint Hill Economic Development Authority; co-founder and partner of InfoMed Bulgaria, Medica BG Bulgaria, Netcare Bulgaria, Velgraf USA Corporation.
In the field of education, Ussery serves as President of the Coordination Council for International Universities, and previously served on the Advisory Board of the George Mason University Center for Science, Trade & Technology Policy; Newberry College Foundation, and the Clemson University Advisory Board for Distance Learning and Continuing Education. He has been a guest speaker at several colleges and graduate schools, including Yale graduate school, USC, VMI and George Mason, and commencement speaker, Newberry College.
Other current non-profit service includes Trustee of the United Seaman's Service and Tangier Legation Museum (oldest overseas U.S. property), and co-founder and member of the Board of the Lee Atwater Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of Bulgarian American Business Center.
Michael Ussery was appointed by President Reagan on December 22, 1988 to be U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, at that time the youngest serving U.S. Ambassador. He was re-appointed by President Bush and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, at post until January 1992. During the Gulf War, Ambassador Ussery directed the emergency evacuation of 600 Americans and led Embassy Rabat through the intense challenges posed by the war.
In politics, Ussery was a manager of Arkansas for the 2000 Bush – Cheney Campaign. In 1988 Ussery was a deputy to Bush – Quayle Campaign Manager Lee Atwater, where he also worked closely with now President George W. Bush.
Michael Ussery served from 1985-88 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, and simultaneously as Chairman of the twelve-agency Libya Task Force during the U.S.-Libya confrontation.
Michael Ussery is a graduate of Newberry College and in 1979 he became Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Carroll Campbell.