During a ceremony in her honor, retired U.S. Ambassador Lauren Kahea Moriarty stepped down today as Dean of Academics at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

“The Center is well-positioned to support the U.S. strategic re-balance to the Asia-Pacific,” said Moriarty of the executive education programs that APCSS conducts in Honolulu and in the region.

“Dean Moriarty has made great contributions to APCSS and our mission—contributions which have had an impact throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” said APCSS Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dan Leaf. “We’re sorry to see her go. She will always be a valued and connected member of the APCSS ‘Ohana.”

Moriarty, who served as Dean for three years, joined APCSS in August 2010, after retiring from the U.S. Department of State.  Noting that she was pleased with the progress and direction of the Center, Moriarty said that she had decided to explore new challenges and opportunities.

The Center is in the final stages of its search for a new Dean.

Dean Moriarty observing APCSS Fellows photo

APCSS Dean Lauren Moriarty observes as Fellows participate in an exercise. During her tenure as Dean at APCSS, Moriarty took an active role in curriculum development.

APCSS is a U.S. Department of Defense institution that educates, connects and empowers security practitioners to address issues from traditional security, counterterrorism and comprehensive crisis management to cyber security, food security and transnational crime.

Military and civilian officials, predominantly from the United States and other Asia-Pacific nations, participate in the Center’s program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events in Hawai’i and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  Since APCSS’s opening in 1995, Fellows from 104 countries and territories and four international organizations have attended courses at the Center.  Alumni total more than 7,600.  More information is available at www.apcss.org.