|By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 3:20 pm: Edit Post|
Read Former Director Mark Gearan's Tribute to Deputy Director Charles R. Baquet III who retired on October 1.
The Peace Corps is a better place today because of the extraordinary service of Chuck Baquet. His steady leadership, tireless support of our volunteers and unfailing commitment to the mission of the Peace Corps made a real difference.
When I was confirmed as the Director of the Peace Corps and arrived at the office, one of the first things I said to Chuck was that he would receive my schedule for each day and should attend any meeting he wished. It was one of the best decisions I made during my tenure. Chuck always provided careful, seasoned counsel. He was honest and direct and loyal to the work of our volunteers and staff.
Chuck's own service as a volunteer and later with his impressive tenure as a member of the Foreign Service combined to uniquely prepare him for his role. He successfully navigated both the Peace Corps and the State Department.
Finally, Chuck advanced our efforts to enhance the diversity of our staff, including the critical posts of Country Director. He was actively travelling to recruit volunteers and establish important relationships with our nation's historically black colleges and universities.
For all these reason, the Peace Corps owes Chuck Baquet our gratitude. I am personally appreciative of his support and friendship. But our volunteers and staff the world over are better supported in their development work due to the hard work, initiative and gifted leadership of Chuck Baquet.
Caption: Ambassador Baquet speaks with UCSC student Melanie Sheldon before her depature for Cape Verde to work as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Photo courtesy UCSC