|Joseph W. Prueher|
Official Military Photograph
|7th United States Ambassador to China|
November 16, 1999 – May 1, 2001
|Preceded by||Jim Sasser|
|Succeeded by||Clark T. Randt Jr.|
November 25, 1942 |
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||United States Naval Academy, 1964|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||5 June 1964 - 1 May 1999|
Joseph Wilson Prueher (born November 25, 1942) is a former United States Navy Admiral who served as United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China from 1999 to 2001. He was succeeded as ambassador by Clark T. Randt, Jr.
A native of Tennessee where he was born in 1942, Prueher attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also obtained a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University.
Prueher started his career in the United States Navy as Midshipman as the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960. He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he flew as an A-6 Intruder pilot. In the later part of his career, he served as the seventy-third Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Prueher attained the rank of Admiral as Commander Carrier Group One in 1991. He was Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 1995 to 1996, and Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Command from 1996 to 1999.
He was posted as ambassador to China from November 1999 to May 2001. Prueher also negotiated the settlement and delivered the "letter of the two sorries" which defused the Hainan Island incident in 2001.
He then joined Stanford University's Institute of International Studies as Consulting Professor at in 2001.
Prueher is currently the James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia, as well as Senior Advisor to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project, working on dialogue for US-China security matters.
Awards and decorations
In 1997, he was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award and, in 2001, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by George Washington University.
Prueher is a director of Fluor Corporation, Irving, Texas; Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, Missouri; and AMERIGROUP Corporation, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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- http://www.gwu.edu/~magazine/archive/2001_summer/docs/dept_alumni_achievement.html The 64th Annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards
- Joseph W. Prueher profile at Forbes.com
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- Appearances on C-SPAN
Howard W. Habermeyer Jr.
|Commandant of Midshipmen
Michael D. Haskins
Richard C. Macke
|Commander, United States Pacific Command
Dennis C. Blair
|US Ambassador to China
Clark T. Randt, Jr.