Scott M Withrow has spent the last 12 years working on governance and development issues in conflict and post-conflict environments.
From 2000 to 2008, he worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the countries of the former-Yugoslavia, with an emphasis on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Beginning in 2009, Scott worked throughout Afghanistan in support of the counterinsurgency effort. Specifically, he has managed multi-million dollar stabilization programs for the United States Agency for International Development; served as a governance advisor to the Commander of Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province; and was an advisor to the then-Commander of International Security Forces Afghanistan, General David Petraeus.
Scott received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Purdue Calumet in 1999. He earned a graduate degree in International Relations and European Studies in 2000 from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary; and a second graduate degree in 2009 from Princeton University in the field of Public Policy.
Scott generally resides wherever he happens to be employed. When he is taking the occasional break from international work, his time is spent between his adopted home in Korcula, Croatia and his native city of Chicago, IL.
Scott’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: “It’s an understatement to say that Purdue Calumet had an enormous impact upon me. Just about every aspect of the experience, from the students and professors to the classes and lectures, has informed my personal and professional life. I’ve drawn upon the knowledge, skills, and friendships I developed during my time at Purdue Calumet continuously over the years. It remains, by far, one of the most informative and valuable periods of my adult life.”
Scott’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students: “Take advantage of the people around you. PUC has one of the most diverse student bodies because of its large percentage of non-traditional students. As a result, these individuals bring with them life experience and different perspectives that are rarely found on other campuses.”