Jeanette W. Hyde
Jeanette W. Hyde served as the US Ambassador to Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and to Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda from 1994-1997.
Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Hyde held the following positions: Teacher on the Island of Crete, Greece in the 1960s; Counselor with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts; Owner of retail stores, Fayetteville, North Carolina in the 1970s; investments of commercial real estate development and national restaurant chains in the 1980s and 1990s. She has co-founded two Raleigh, North Carolina banks, Triangle Bank and North State Bank.
She served on the Boards of Directors of the following organizations: North Carolina Board of Transportation; the North Carolina Global Transpark; the North Carolina International Trade Commission; Outward Bound of North Carolina; and the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University; Western Carolina University; and, American Diplomacy Journal, Inc. She previously served on the Board of The International Cabinet at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Triangle World Affairs Council; North Carolina Community Foundation; and The Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Board.
Ambassador Hyde is the recipient of numerous awards including: Distinguished Alumnus, 1995, Wake Forest University; Distinguished Alumnus, 1999, Delta State University; Citizen of the Year Award, 1998, International Visitors Council; Outstanding Women in Public Service, 1994, Wake YMCA. In 1996, the United States Coast Guard presented her with the highest civilian award for Public Service for treaty work in drug trafficking, and in 1997 the US Department of Defense, the FBI and the US Drug Enforcement Agency presented her with Civilian Service awards.
Ambassador Hydeýs educational background includes: Wake Forest University, Delta State University, B.S., 1962; Greek studies at the University of Maryland, Iraklion, Crete branch; graduate studies in Counseling at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the North Carolina State University. She is well known in state and national politics. Ambassador Hyde resides with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina and Sarasota, Florida.