Chase Untermeyer is chairman of Humanities Texas, the state humanities council. A 1968 graduate of Harvard College, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a Texas state representative; an assistant secretary of the Navy under President Reagan; director of Presidential Personnel and director of the Voice of America under President George H. W. Bush; and U.S. ambassador to Qatar under George W. Bush. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Untermeyer is the author of three volumes of diary-based memoirs of the Reagan-Bush era and the book How Important People Act.