Ambassador Searby has a B.A. in history from Iona College, an M.A. in political science from St. John’s University (NYC) where he was a graduate fellow, and pursued a Ph.D. in political philosophy at Fordham University, completing all requirements but the final dissertation. He served for seven years in the two administrations of President Reagan as a sub-cabinet officer dealing primarily in trade, human rights and immigration policies. He headed over a dozen U.S. delegations to various multilateral conferences. President Reagan accorded him the personal rank of ambassador in 1983. Before his government service, he served in the U.S. Army with tours in Germany and South Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division; he taught government courses at St. John’s University, and was a lecturer/academic administrator at the New York Institute of Technology. He is currently the director of federal government affairs for a Chicago-based international healthcare company and for seven years previously had managed the company’s business units in ten European countries. He has spent a portion of his time teaching history and theology at The Heights since 2004. Bob and his wife, Donna, have one daughter and six sons, several of whom have attended and graduated from The Heights.