Xavier University history majors have gone on to accomplish great things in various walks of life. The following are a few of the department’s graduates and little bit about what they’ve done with their history degrees. If you hold a major or minor in History from Xavier University and would like to tell us about what your degree has meant to you, please contact Elizabeth Manley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles R. Baquet III, B.A. English and History
Director, Center for Intercultural and International Programs
Xavier University of Louisiana
Ambassador Charles R. Baquet assumed his responsibilities as CIIP (www.xula.edu/ciip/index.php) Director in February 2002. He directs a multi-faceted program here at Xavier; facilitating study abroad programs for undergraduate students, managing an overseas faculty development program, coordinating the SEVIS program for foreign students and serving as faculty advisor to three ethnic based student organizations. He is resident foreign affairs consultant to the University President and the University’s senior staff.
During the Clinton and Bush administrations, Charles Baquet served as Peace Corps Deputy Director. Prior to that assignment, he spent over thirty years in government as a Foreign Service Officer. Baquet served at a variety of posts around the world including Paris, Hong Kong, and Beirut, Lebanon. From 1988 to 1991 he served as the U.S. Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa, where he witnessed the end of apartheid, the release of Nelson Mandela, and the birth of South Africa’s democracy. In 1991, President George H. Bush appointed Baquet U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, where he served until his return to the Peace Corps.
Before beginning his foreign service career, Charles Baquet began his work in public service as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1965 – 67) in the Somali Republic. Since that time he has worked and volunteered in a variety of programs including VISTA, the Council for International Education Exchange, the World Affairs Council of New Orleans, and the Council for International Visitors. Charles Baquet received a B.A. in History from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1963 and earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Government at Syracuse University in 1975. As a member of our university community and a citizen of the world, Charles Baquet demonstrates the many places you can go with hard work, determination and a degree in history!
"History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away." – Martin Luther King Jr.