Jon Huntsman Jr. is an American diplomat, politician, and former governor of Utah. He is currently receiving attention for being a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He has also served as the CEO of the Huntsman Corporation, which is a family-owned company. EDUinReview will now take a look at Huntsman’s education background.
Huntsman was born on March 26, 1960 in Palo Alto, California. His parents are Karen and Jon Huntsman, Sr. The couple have eight other children. Huntsman is also a third cousin of another presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney. When Huntsman was fifteen-years old, he earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout. Huntsman dropped out of high school in order to pursue a musical career with the band, Wizard. He later earned a G.E.D. and enrolled at the University of Utah, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Huntsman took two years off from his education to serve as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan. After serving in Taiwan, he returned to the USA and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in international politics.
Huntsman was elected to be the Governor of Utah in 2005 and was re-elected to the position in 2008. While he was governor, Huntsman rose the state’s budget from $16.7 billion to $22.8 billion. When he left this office,
In 2009, President Obama nominated Huntsman to be the USA Ambassador to China. Huntsman is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, which was part of Obama’s decision to nominate him. He served in this position until April 30, 2011, when he resigned.
On a personal note, Huntsman and his wife have seven children, two of whom are adopted. He enjoys rock music, riding motocross, and spending time outside. He has six honorary doctorate degrees from Snow College, Westminster College, University of Utah, University of Pennsylvania, and Southern New Hampshire University.