Margaret Scobey (’71, ’73)

Category: Awards | Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna

2017 Distinguished Alumna Award Winner

Ambassador Margaret Scobey graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in history in 1971 and earned her master’s degree in history in 1973.

During more than 30 years with the US Foreign Service she served in positions such as US Ambassador to Syria, US Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, political counselor in Baghdad, and deputy commandant at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Management at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. In 2012, she retired from the US Foreign Service at the rank of career minister.

Ambassador Scobey frequently speaks to community and civic groups on the state of affairs in the Middle East. She also serves as a board member for Bridge Refugee Services, a nonprofit organization that resettles refugees in Knoxville and Chattanooga. She is a recipient of the Department of State Award for Distinguished Service and a Presidential Award as well as being one of UT’s 100 Distinguished Alumni. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.