Chase Untermeyer, former U.S. ambassador to Qatar, has joined the Hobby School of Public Affairs faculty as the inaugural professor of practice. Untermeyer began his political career as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He resigned his seat to go to Washington, D.C. as executive assistant to then-Vice President George Bush. He was later appointed to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. During the Bush Administration, he was assistant to the President for presidential personnel and the Director of the Voice of America.
As professor of practice, Untermeyer will offer an experienced voice on foreign policy and presidential practices to Hobby School audiences as well as provide context for current policy issues and research. With a historical point-of-view as an insider during the Reagan and Bush Administrations, Untermeyer has written several books derived from the detailed journals he kept while working in the White House. His focus on high-level leadership qualities has become one of his most sought-after areas of expertise.
A graduate of Harvard College, Untermeyer served during the Vietnam War as an officer in the U.S. Navy and as aide to the commander of the U.S. naval forces in the Philippines. Upon his return from service, he was a political reporter for the Houston Chronicle before he ran for the House of Representatives serving a district in the Houston area.
The public can reach Ambassador Untermeyer via email, or through the Hobby School administrative offices, 713-743-3970.
About the Hobby School of Public Affairs
The Hobby School of Public Affairs focuses on putting creative, solutions-oriented public policy to work through education, research, support and service. It offers a graduate and undergraduate programs with an interdisciplinary concentration on qualitative and quantitative research. The Hobby School is home to the Center for Public Policy, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership. Its experiential internships and fellowships provide public service learning from City Hall to Capitol Hill.