Presenter: Ambassador R. Rucker Scully

Name: Ambassador R. Rucker Scully
Position: United States

Biography: R. Tucker Scully joined the United States Department of State in 1965 and, after service at U.S. Embassies in Beirut, Lebanon and Athens, Greece, returned to Washington in 1972 to begin an involvement in oceans and polar matters that spanned almost three decades.For the next twenty-eight years, he was responsible for organizing and leading United States delegations in negotiations on oceans, Arctic and Antarctic issues and for coordination of United States policy on those issues. Named to the Senior Executive Service in 1991, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries at the Department of State in 1999.During the 1980Õs and 1990Õs, Scully was the chief United States negotiator on polar issues. He headed U.S. Delegations to the annual meetings under the Antarctic Treaty, led the U.S. negotiating effort on the 1991 Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty and was U.S. Commissioner to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. He visited Antarctica on a number of occasions, including circumnavigation of the continent as leader of U.S. Antarctic Treaty inspection teams.Scully was also deeply involved in Arctic issues, including negotiations over the maritime boundary between the United States and the Soviet Union. He represented the United States in negotiations that resulted in creation of the Arctic Council and played a key role in conclusion of the U.S.-Russia treaty on polar bears in 2000.R. Tucker Scully retired in October 2000. He returned to work with the Department of State in connection with the Thirty-Second Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM XXXII) held in Baltimore in 2009 and served as Chair of that meeting.