I am pleased to announce that Advisory Board Member Mr. Richard K. Verma has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the United States State Department. In his new role, Mr. Verma will work closely with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to promote US foreign policy and advance democracy and peace around the world.
"This is a most-impressive accomplishment for Rich, who has been a true friend to Pitt-Johnstown, and an exemplary member of our Advisory Board. Rich is not only a highly accomplished professional, but a first-class person who has demonstrated his strong dedication to our country and community in countless ways. This nomination is testament to his outstanding character and intellect, and passion for public service to our country. We are Mountain Cat proud of Mr. Verma and his exceptional achievement."
Mr. Verma is a partner in the Washington office of the international law firm of Steptoe and Johnson. Prior to his current position, he served for five years as a senior policy advisor to United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In 2008, he was appointed to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. A veteran of the US Air Force, he served as an Air Force judge advocate for four years, and worked as staff assistant to Congressman John Murtha, chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Mr. Verma co-authored the 2003 National Academy of Sciences Report, “Critical Information Infrastructure Protection and the Law: An Overview of Key Issues.” Currently, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of Shenandoah University’s Marsh Institute for Government and Public Policy and Pitt-Johnstown. Mr. Verma holds degrees from Lehigh University, American University’s Washington College of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Verma is the son of Pitt-Johnstown Professor of English Literature Dr. Kamal Verma, a noted scholar who spearheads the South Asian Review and has mentored many of our students to publish in that fine journal.
Recognized as one of the most influential Indian-Americans, Mr. Verma’s accomplishment is even more monumental and illuminates the promise at the heart of the American dream.
Please join me in congratulating our friend.