We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for WYOMUN VII will be Ambassador Thomas David Boyatt. Ambassador Boyatt will address U.S. foreign policy and life as a diplomat in his keynote address.
Ambassador Boyatt graduated from Wyoming High School in 1951, and from Princeton University in 1955. He later received his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1959. Ambassador Boyatt joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1959. He served in various diplomatic posts around the globe, including Vice Consul in Chile, Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Treasury, Economic Officer in Luxembourg, and Political Counselor in Cyprus. He later became Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East in Washington D.C. In 1975 Boyatt became Minister-Counselor at the American Embassy in Chile. Boyatt was nominated to be the United States Ambassador to Upper Volta in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, and in 1980 he was again nominated to serve diplomatically as the United States Ambassador to Colombia. In 1983, he was promoted to the rank of Career Minister in the Foreign Service. In 1969, Ambassador Boyatt was taken hostage on board a TWA plane by Palestinian guerillas during the 1969 TWA Flight 840 hijacking. Boyatt and the other passengers were later released, and Boyatt has received many medals and awards for his bravery and heroism during the hijacking.
After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1985, he became Vice President of Sears World Trade and President of U.S. Defense Systems in 1990. Boyatt later became a member of the Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a trustee of the university from 1984 to 1988. He has served as President of the Foreign Affairs Council, an umbrella group comprising eleven organizations which support the Foreign Service. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and several other corporate and non-profit boards. Ambassador Boyatt has received many awards and honors, including the Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. State Department, Foreign Service Cup, Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Foreign Service Association, and Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award.