Fulbright Impact in the Field: Strengthening International Engagement on U.S. Campuses

In celebration of the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, this “Fulbright Impact in the Field” panel will convene higher education leaders from across the United States for a wide-ranging discussion on international engagement. Panelists will describe how their Fulbright experiences abroad shaped their careers and influenced their outlook on international education. They will share their perspectives on the current challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the United States, the positive impacts of international engagement, the effects of COVID-19, and how engagement with Fulbright has strengthened globalization of their respective campuses.

Meet the Panel


Harris Pastides, Ph.D., MPH
Distinguished President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina and Chairman of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
1987 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Greece

Harris Pastides is President Emeritus at the University of South Carolina (USC), having served as its 28th President. Previously, Dr. Pastides was vice president for Research and Health Sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health.

Throughout his career, Dr. Pastides has advocated for extracurricular student engagement through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships, and undergraduate research. Under his leadership, USC’s student population grew to record levels, and prioritized non-traditional programs to increase university access and affordability. He has also worked with universities in Cyprus, Greece, Oman, and Qatar to open avenues for higher education attainment and program development.
Before joining the University of South Carolina’s faculty, he was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his Master of Public Health (MPH) and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University.


Ronald A. Crutcher, Ph.D.
President of the University of Richmond
1972 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education and a distinguished classical musician and professor of music. He became president and professor of music at the University of Richmond in 2015, having previously served as president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts for 10 years.

Throughout his career, Dr. Crutcher has actively promoted access, affordability, and inclusive excellence. He writes and speaks widely on the democratic purposes and civic mission of higher education, and is founding co-chair of Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U) national campaign to demonstrate the value of liberal education. Under his leadership, the university has joined 30 of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities as charter members of the American Talent Initiative, whose goal is to increase socioeconomic diversity in higher education.

Dr. Crutcher is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University in Ohio, and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Yale University. He currently serves on the boards of the AAC&U and the American Council of Education (ACE). He is a former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and several other symphonies, and is on the board of the Richmond Symphony. He currently performs in the United States and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio.

The University of Richmond is a 2020-2021 Dual Fulbright Top Producing Institution of U.S. Students and Scholars.

Joan T.A. Gabel, J.D.
President of the University of Minnesota
2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar International Education Administrators (IEA) Award to India

As the University of Minnesota’s 17th President, Gabel has advanced impact and equity of the University System through the development and implementation of a new strategic plan, MPact 2025, which emphasizes student success, equity, outreach and engagement, fiscal stewardship, and research and solutions to impact the world. She is leading the university’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, while reimagining opportunities to honor its nearly 170-year legacy, and its bright future of teaching, research, and service.

President Gabel recently served as executive vice president and provost at the University of South Carolina, and dean of the University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, where she was recognized as a shining star in business school administration by the Wall Street Journal.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. Gabel’s academic interests include legal and ethical issues in business, public higher education mission, ethical governance, and women’s leadership. She has been recognized with numerous research, service, and teaching awards, including as a 2017 recipient of the Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Award to India.

The University of Minnesota is a 2020-2021 Dual Fulbright Top Producing Institution of U.S. Students and Scholars.

Willard Gingerich, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montclair State University
1980 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Panama

Willard Gingerich serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Montclair State University. Prior to assuming his position at Montclair State, Gingerich served as provost, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, and professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before that, he served first as dean of the Graduate School and then as vice provost for Graduate Programs and Research at St. John’s University.

A Fulbright U.S. Scholar in American literature at Universidad Nacional de Panamá, Dr. Gingerich received a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. As a scholar, he has worked with Indigenous and colonial literary cultures at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. He received a doctoral degree in English from the University of Connecticut, where he was both a National Defense Education Act (NDEA) Fellow and a National Defense Foreign Language (NDFL) Fellow.

As an administrator, Dr. Gingerich’s wide range of accomplishments include the creation of a consortium of academic institutions accredited as NGOs by the United Nations, and the launch of online programs. He has participated in multiple Middle States re-accreditations, and worked collaboratively to develop master’s and first-time doctorate programs in history, psychology, education, criminal justice, English, and multidisciplinary studies in bioinformatics and international studies.

Mark B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
President of Florida International University (FIU)
1982 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad award recipient to Honduras

Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University (FIU). A political scientist specializing in Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the university’s presidency. A public, majority-minority institution of higher education that leads the country in the production of minority degrees in the sciences and engineering, FIU is the future of U.S. higher education.

Dr. Rosenberg started his academic career as an assistant professor at FIU in 1976. He founded FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center in 1979, now recognized as a leading public research and teaching center focused on the region. In 1982, Dr. Rosenberg embarked on a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad award to research political science in Honduras, where he gained new knowledge on critical policy issues related to democracy and justice throughout the Central American region.

Under his leadership as president, FIU has increased enrollment to almost 58,000 students, improved graduation rates by 23%, and hired over 400 new full-time faculty members. The university has been named by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a “Highest Research” and “Engaged” institution, and has developed path-breaking partnerships with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, JPMorgan Chase, Florida Power & Light, and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

Florida International University is a 2020-2021 Fulbright Top Producing Institution of U.S. Scholars.

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