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The Center's activities began formally in January of the year 2000 with the appointment of Amb. Robert Gosende as Executive Director and Prof. Barbara Jancar Webster as Academic Director. Amb. Gosende is the State University's Director for International Programs. He joined the State University last year after a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. His last overseas assignment was as the Minister-Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs at the American Embassy in Moscow from 1995-1998. Prof. Webster, a State University Distinguished Professor of Politics, joined the Center as its Academic Director after teaching at the University College at Brockport. She is one of our country's leading specialists in Russian politics and economics.

The Center is located in the State University's magnificent, neo-Gothic headquarters building in downtown Albany, at the foot of the New York State Capital. When renovations are completed there will be offices for the Academic Director, the visiting Russian Co-Director, a secretary and a space for resource materials, meetings, and seminars.

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