In November 2012, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with approval from the US State Department, appointed Lisa A. Mets, Ph.D.,Vice President and Secretary of the College of Eckerd College, to a five-year term as Honorary Consul of Estonia, the first in Florida. While she may support anyone requesting aid, Dr. Mets officially represents the north Florida region: all counties north of and including Sarasota, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, and Indian River. She is Estonia's 13th honorary consul in the United States. This past February, she was received as a new member of the Tampa Bay Consular Corps. Appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, honorary consuls are a traditional part of Estonia's foreign representation abroad. They exercise consular functions by representing the interests and rights of Estonian citizens in their host countries and by promoting bilateral cultural and economic relations.

Keir Magoulas