Baxter Hunt, a career diplomat in the Senior Foreign Service, is Acting Dean in the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute. From January 2019 through August 2020, he was Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Santiago, Chile. He had served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the embassy starting in August 2017. Prior to his assignment in Chile, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State from 2015 until 2017.
Mr. Hunt’s overseas appointments include two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement from 2013 until 2014. He also served at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada; at the U.S. Consulate General in Durban, South Africa; and at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.
In Washington, DC, Mr. Hunt has served in the Office of European and Eurasian Affairs as Director of the Office of Ukraine / Moldova / Belarus Affairs and Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts. He also served in the Office of Population, Refugees, and Migration Affairs as Director for Assistance to Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas. Mr. Hunt was special Assistant to Under Secretaries of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman and Nicholas Burns. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Hunt was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council.
Mr. Hunt holds a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina.