Graceland’s Connections with Kosovo
Among his posts, Ambassador John Menzies ’70 was the Chief of Mission for the United States Office in Pristina, Kosovo, 2001-02, and was largely responsible for Graceland’s connections to Kosovo. Before his term as Graceland’s president and afterwards, Ambassador Menzies has helped many international students call Graceland home. Two of Kosovo’s Graceland graduates are returning this spring, continuing the Graceland legacy of international connections. Dhurata Hoxha ’04 will be the commencement speaker for Graceland’s 120th Commencement on April 30. Zana Zeqiri Rudi ’06 and Dhurata Hoxha will receive Honorary Doctorates at Graceland’s commencement.
was appointed as Kosovo’s Ambassador to Panama in January 2017. Previously, she served as Chief of Mission in Kosovo’s Embassy in Panama where she established the Embassy as the first and only mission of the Republic of Kosovo in Latin America. To date, she has organized four presidential visits, two ministerial visits and other visits between the countries. Before heading Kosovo’s Embassy in Panama, she served as political adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo from 2011-13.
Zana is married to Korab Rudi and has a daughter, Lisa Rudi. Zana gave volunteer service to Graceland from abroad by serving on the Alumni Board of Directors from 2011-14.
was appointed a Minister of Justice in July 2016. Prior to present appointment, Mrs. Hoxha served as a political advisor to the Speaker of Assembly of Republic of Kosovo Mr. Kadri Veseli, with responsibilities covering security policies and rule of law. Dhurata is from Mitrovica and lives in Prishtina with her husband, Visar, and their two children, Mal and Hana.