Troy University has chosen a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Georgia and Belarus to participate in its yearly ambassador-in-residence program from Jan. 27-31. 

Kenneth Yalowitz will give a public address on Georgia-Russia relations at the university’s main campus in Troy, Ala., on Jan. 30. 

The university, located near Montgomery, Ala., but with a satellite campus in Atlanta, has received a $495,000 grant from the State Department to help the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs prepare an international development program. Dr. Yalowitz will also assist the university with that program as officials from the Georgian institute also visit the campus.

Atlanta is a sister-city of Tbilisi, Georgia, and is home to an honorary consul for the republic: John Hall of Hall Booth Smith P.C.

The delegation has no plans to visit the Troy campus in metro Atlanta, where the university offers a master’s of public administration, according to Jonathan Harrington, director of the master’s program in international relations, who is arranging the visit. 

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