Hilary “Larry” Raigetal joined the University of Guam in 2021 as an assistant professor for the University Libraries teaching courses in traditional seafaring and working with other related indigenous efforts by the University, including the Island Wisdom Center being developed.
He co-founded Waa’gey, a nonprofit organization in Yap that works with communities to promote cultural heritage of the reimethau (people of the ocean) living in the central Caroline Islands, and serves as its president/chairman. He is also a volunteer instructor in traditional canoe carving and celestial navigation. Raigetal is an accomplished master canoe carver and a pwo navigator under the traditional navigation school of Weriyeng.
He served as a Federated States of Micronesia diplomat in his capacity as deputy assistant secretary of the Foreign Affairs Department and represented his country to numerous international and regional negotiation forums. He also served a cabinet post as director of the Department of Youth and Civic Affairs for the government of Yap.
Raigetal graduated from Xavier High School in Chuuk in the FSM and obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco. As a Chevening Scholar, he received his graduate degree from The University of Oxford (U.K.) in international relations.