Another magnificent Trinity moment — Susan Flood Burk, Class of 1976, became an ambassador today, taking the oath of office as the Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation in the elegant Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. Former Congresswoman Ellen Tausher, now the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, conducted the swearing-in while Susan’s husband David held the Bible.
Susan’s family looked on with pride, including her children Christen and Brian, and her sister Cynthia Flood Almand ’78, as well as numerous other siblings, spouses, nieces and nephews.
Cheering her on were many Trinity friends — Peggy Neerman ’66 who also works at State; ’76 classmates Annmarie Courtemanche and Mary Farrell Robinson, Kathleen Talty ’75, Judy Tart ’78, and Sister Seton Cunneen ’65. Susan paid a beautiful tribute to her Trinity education, and Undersecretary Tausher also recognized the remarkable Trinity track record of great women in public service.
Ambassador Burk has already been hard at work — just last weekend she was on a whirlwind visit to Geneva where she gave a major address at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, see Strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: A Blueprint for Progress
Working for world peace at the highest levels of government and public service — what greater evidence can there be of the vitality of Trinity’s mission in our world? Susan Burk’s long and distinguished professional career in arms control and disarmament, Homeland Security and counterterrorism, and nuclear nonproliferation is a tremendous service to our nation and the entire global village. We are proud that President Obama chose to recognize her great talent through appointing her to the ambassador’s position.
Congratulations, Ambassador Burk, Trinity salutes you!