GSU professor going to China for Fulbright project

Gebeyehu Ejigu, executive vice president and chief of staff at Governors State University, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in China at South China Normal University during the fall 2012 semester, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Ejigu will present lectures and workshops designed to cover the structure, governance, financing, organization and management of the United States educational system at all levels — K-12 and postsecondary institutions at the two-and four-year levels, both public and private.

Ejigu is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world.

Ejigu has been the executive vice president and chief of staff at Governors State since 2007. Prior to coming to GSU he was executive vice chancellor for administrative services and chief of staff for the University of Alaska-Anchorage and held key administrative positions at Arizona State University- West and in the University of Missouri system. He was born in Ethiopia and earned his bachelor’s degree from Haile Selassie I University, his master’s from Syracuse University, his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and an MLE certificate from the Harvard Institute of Higher Education.