College of Law Graduate Sworn in as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
Paul Robert “Bob” Fannin, a 1963 University of Arizona College of Law graduate, was sworn in as a new US Ambassador on November 15, 2007. It is expected that Mr. Fannin will present his credentials to the president of the Dominican Republic and, upon acceptance, Mr. Fannin will become the US Ambassador to that country. Mr. Fannin has enjoyed a 44-year career as an attorney and business leader, including service on the boards of two financial institutions. A Phoenix native, Mr. Fannin is currently a partner in the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a top international law firm, where he is a member of Steptoe’s Regulatory & Industry Affairs Department.
Mr. Fannin has long been an active member of the Arizona State Bar, including serving 14 years as chair of its legal education programs. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1995, and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Arizona to serve on the State Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials.
Long known for his support of responsible economic growth for Arizona, Mr. Fannin has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, as well as many committees of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, including the Special Events Committee, which was created to promote Greater Phoenix through the sponsorship of sporting events. He also served on numerous committees under several Arizona governors, including the Governor’s Strategic Partnership for Economic Development, the Plan B Task Force (stadium financing), and Growing Smarter. As Chairman and Member of the Governor’s Motion Picture and Television Advisory Board, he actively promoted film and television production in Arizona.
Mr. Fannin has also been involved in substantial charitable non-profit work and volunteer service. He is an emeritus board member and former Chair of the Barrow Neurological Institute Foundation, and a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Phoenix United Way. Since 2005, he has served as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Mr. Fannin replaces Hans Hertell, who had served as ambassador to the Dominican Republic since 2001. His appointment in early January 2007 by President Bush was approved by the US Senate on October 26.