David Sedney

David Sedney (May 2, 2012)

David S. Sedney, Class of 1969, is the recipient of John Carroll School's Charles K. Riepe Alumni Award.

Sedney exemplifies the four outcomes of a John Carroll education: a strong sense of self, excellence in achievement of personal and professional aspirations, a moral compass and a global perspective. Sedney demonstrates outstanding service to our country as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. His role in managing defense relationships in this area is critical to achieving national and global security interests. He has been recognized numerous times for his service to the Departments of State and Defense. He is a devoted father who has balanced his career objectives with family priorities. He is married to alumnae Diana Lynch Sedney, also of the Class of 1969, and has three daughters.

The award is named in memory of the Rev. Charles K. Riepe, who served as the president, principal and chaplain of The John Carroll School. He established John Carroll as a Catholic, independent school in 1971. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and community service. The winner is an exemplary role model consistent with the Catholic values and philosophy of The John Carroll School. This award is the highest honor that can be given to alumni of The John Carroll School. The award will be presented to Sedney on Saturday, June 2 at the 2012 commencement, where he will be the keynote speaker.

Sedney has had a distinguished career with the U.S. government. He was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia from 2007 to 2009. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassyin Beijing from 2004 to 2007. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004, where he was Charge d'Affaires from August through November 2003. Sedney was also Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul in 2002, after the re-opening of the Embassy. Sedney was Director for Afghanistan at the National Security Council (2003), Senior Advisor in the State Department's Office of e-Diplomacy (2002), Senior Advisor to John Negroponte, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2001 to 2002), Deputy Director of the State Department's Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs (1999 to 2001) and Special Assistant to Stephen Sestanovich, Ambassador-at-Large and Special Representative for the Newly Independent States (1997 to 1998).


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Earlier, Sedney served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan (1995 to 1997), Political-Military Officer at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China (1991 to 1994) and Political Officer, Refugee Officer and Consular Officer at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania (1985 to 1987). He was a watch officer at the State Department's Operations Center (1987 to 1988) and duty officer and senior duty officer at the White House Situation Room (1988 to 1989).

Sedney is a graduate of Princeton University and Suffolk University School of Law. He attended Louisiana State University's School of Law, where he studied Law of the Sea and International Law. Sedney is a distinguished graduate of the National War College. He speaks Romanian, Mandarin Chinese and Azerbaijani. Sedney has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service twice, the Department of State's Superior Honor Award six times and Department of State's Meritorious Honor Award twice.