Former Washington State Governor Gary
Locke named as US Ambassador to China
From left: Former GRCC
President, Rich Rutkowski; GRCC
student, Ian MacLurg; and Former
Washington State Governor Gary
President Obama recently
nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
to be US Ambassador to China, pending
confirmation by the Senate. Confirmation
is expected with little opposition.
Mr. Locke was governor of Washington
State between 1996 and 2004. During
that time, he was particularly popular
and well known in China, owing to his
family roots in Guangdong province.
He is expected to be very well received
in China as the next US ambassador.
Mr. Locke helped open the door to
China for our college. Three Washington
higher education officials, including
Ross Jennings, VP-IP from GRCC, accompanied
Gov. Locke on a trade mission to China
in October 2003. Gov. Locke publically
endorsed several of our educational
partnerships, and his support led to
our flagship sister school relationship
with Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai.
We believe Ambassador Locke will
continue to build a very strong relationship
between China and the United States,
and support our educational efforts
in China as well. GRCC has a friend