Sam Nunn School of International Affairs Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Awards induction ceremony was created in 2015. The awards celebrate excellence in the College community by honoring outstanding graduates of the College, current undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, and our friends and supporters. The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognizes graduates from each of the College’s six schools.



Johnny Jones

INTA 2002

Johnny Jones is a career foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State currently based in Washington, D.C., in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Jones most recently served at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, from 2014 - 2016, after previous overseas assignments in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2012 - 2013, Cairo, Egypt, from 2010 - 2012, and Baghdad, Iraq, from 2008 - 2009. Before his first overseas posting, Jones worked on issues pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from 2006 - 2007. His diplomatic career has primarily focused on political developments and counterterrorism issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Jones is a 2002 graduate of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and a 2005 graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and is proficient in French.


''Jeremy Farris

INTA 2004

Jeremy Farris graduated from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in 2004 and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech as a Stamps Family Scholar, cum laude from Harvard Law School, and “with distinction” from Oxford University. Jeremy is engaged in voting rights and the law of democracy and has taught courses in philosophy and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, and University College, Oxford. Farris worked as an attorney in Atlanta where he practiced constitutional law and complex business litigation at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore. A member of the State Bar of Georgia, he is admitted to practice in several courts, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the New Mexico Supreme Court. Jeremy grew up in Houston County, Georgia. He currently lives in Los Ranchos, New Mexico, with his spouse, Lisa, who is also a Georgia Tech graduate. Farris is currently a law clerk to Judge James O. Browning, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.


''David Cooper

INTA 1996

Mr. David Cooper is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Anglicotech LLC, a veteran-owned small business that specializes in Department of Defense Information Technology Systems, Supply Chain Integration, and Cyber Security.  Anglicotech also conducts Research and Development and has worked with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) on carbon nanotube sensors.  David was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia and received a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in 1996.  He went on to earn a Master’s in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005.

Prior to establishing his own business, David spent over five years on the Government acquisition team for Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps (GCSS-MC).  This Oracle based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system modernized the Marine Corps’ supply chain and maintenance processes.  While at GCSS-MC, David served in several leadership roles to include the technical director and project manager.

Mr. Cooper served over twelve years on active duty in the Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer, and four years in the USMC Reserve.  His assignments included the 2d Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Joint Task Force-Six, and 1st Battalion, 8th Marines.  David served in Iraq in 2003 on a combat tour where he was attached to the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division as a close air support coordinator.


''Scott W. Bray

INTA 1996

Scott W. Bray became the National Intelligence Manager for East Asia in November 2012. He oversees all aspects of the intelligence community’s collection and analytic efforts regarding East Asia. Bray is the personal representative of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on East Asian matters and serves as the DNI’s focal point for the integration of all activities in the region. Prior to this, Bray was the deputy national intelligence manager and principal deputy national intelligence officer for military issues. Bray also served as the United States Navy’s senior intelligence officer for China, where he advised senior defense department and naval officials. His responsibilities included overseeing China-related efforts at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) as well as major intelligence community initiatives pertaining to China’s navy. For his service, Bray was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the highest award the Chief of Naval Operations can bestow upon a civilian. While serving as submarine operations and readiness analyst in the Submarine Warfare Operations Research Division (SWORD), he was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation. Bray earned a B.S. of International Affairs from Georgia Tech in 1996, and a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University in 1998.