Clark T. Randt, Jr. '64
Profession: U.S. Ambassador, China
Clark T. Randt, Jr. was appointed U.S. ambassador to China by President Bush in 2001.The Cleveland native was graduated from Yale University in 1968 and then from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the East Asia Legal Studies Traveling Fellowship to China. From 1968 to 1972, he served in the United States Air Force Security Service. Ambassador Randt worked as the China representative of the National Council for U.S.-China Trade in 1974. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1975.
A lawyer who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Ambassador Randt has lived and worked in Asia for more than 25 years. He was resident in Beijing from 1982 through 1984, when he served as first secretary and commercial attaché at the U.S. Embassy. A partner in the international law firm of Shearman & Sterling, he headed the firm’s substantial China practice. He is a member of the New York and Hong Kong Bar Associations and is recognized as an expert in Chinese law.
Ambassador Randt is a former governor and first vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a member of the American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law, and the Hong Kong Law Society, among other professional organizations. In 2004 he was presented with the Alumni Award, Hotchkiss’ highest honor.