Dr. Joseph P. Carney

Dr. Joseph P. Carney, former director of the Office of Education, USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT), died peacefully on May 30, 2010 surrounded by family and friends.  He leaves behind his loving wife of 34 years, Suga Carney, two children, Dr. Mark Carney and Hana Carney, Esq., their spouses, and a beloved grandchild.  Dr. Carney will be remembered for his generosity, kindness, wit, wisdom, and his life-long commitment to education and to improving the lives of others.

Dr. Carney retired from USAID in 2009 with more than 30 years of Government service, including nine years with the State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools.  Dr. Carney coordinated U.S. policy on education for development and frequently represented the U.S. Government at high level meetings in support of international education programming. He was responsible for USAID’s foreign assistance programs supporting basic education, higher education, workforce development, and training.

Dr. Carney previously directed the Office of Education, Science and Technology, and managed a $300 million education portfolio in the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau (LAC). He also served as Chief of the Education and Human Resources Divisions in USAID/Jamaica and USAID/Lesotho.

Among his many accomplishments at USAID, Dr. Carney was most proud of the role that he played in helping revitalize the Foreign Service workforce in education.  In addition, he was responsible for the launch of the Caribbean and Latin American Scholarship Program and the LAC Regional Higher Education Textbook Program; the initiation of the USA-Japan Common Agenda in Health and Human Resources which included a ground-breaking national HIV/AIDS prevention program; and institutional strengthening initiatives at many universities, including the University of East Timor and nine Sumatran universities.

Dr. Carney earned his Ph.D. in African Studies from St. John’s University in New York, a Master’s degree in American History from Scranton University, as well as Master’s degrees in Religious Education and Theology from the Maryknoll Graduate School of Theology and the University of the State of New York.

He began his career as a Maryknoll missionary priest in Tanzania and served as vice-rector of Maryknoll seminary in Ossining, NY.

A memorial service will be held on June 12 at 11 AM at St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church at 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302, or by calling 1-(800) 214-0390. Please indicate that the donation is being made in memory of Joe Carney. EGAT/ED is gathering remembrances of Dr. Carney to share his family at the following web address: http://communities.usaid.gov/education/forums/general-forum/general-discussion.

Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to David Barth, EGAT/ED, (202) 712-0732.

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