American Ambassador to Visit American Studies Leipzig

The United States Ambassador to Germany, Mr. William R. Timken, will visit American Studies on Monday, 5 February. He will participate in a roundtable with some thirty students to discuss German-American relations, especially in the context of Germany’s Presidencies of the EU and the G8. The Ambassador will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Sue Timkin.

Short Bio of Ambassador Timkin.

William Robert Timken, Jr., of Ohio, was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany on August 15, 2005. He presented his credentials to German President Horst Köhler on September 2, 2005.

Mr. Timken received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1960 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1962.

Mr. Timken was previously the non-executive Chairman of the Timken Company. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors until year-end 2003. During his 43-year tenure with the company, Mr. Timken has served in many positions including President, CEO and as Chairman for the last 30 years. The Timken Company is a worldwide NYSE, Fortune 500 company with operations in more than 20 countries, including Germany.

He has served on the Advisory Council of the Stanford University School of Business and was a member of the U.S.-Japan Business Council for 20 years. In 2003, he received a presidential appointment to serve as Chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

Mr. Timken has received many honors and awards. He is a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and an honorary citizen of Colmar, France. He has received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, the Adam Smith Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been named Ohio Business Statesman of the Year and has received the Ohio Governors Award.