Althea Cawley Murphree (BS Geology, 2001)

U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Vilnius, Lithuania

After graduating from Central and the William O. Douglas Honors College with a BS in geology and BA in political science, I completed my masters in public administration at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. I originally intended to make a career in environmental policy, perhaps working on water issues or hazards mitigation, but life had other plans.

After working in state and local government and for a nonprofit organization, I joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Diplomacy blends my interests in policy, communications and travel, while constantly providing new opportunities and challenges. My first assignment was in Abuja, Nigeria, and I am now serving in Vilnius, Lithuania.

I don't get a chance to practice geology very often. I do, however, use a lot of the skills I was taught in Central's geology program. Studying geology forces you to find global significance in the smallest details and understand how multiple forces interact. The ability to see the world that way definitely comes in handy in any career. And clearly, no one has as much fun in college as a geology major!

Information last updated on Dec 18, 2016