J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Chair, Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich (ret.), and Chairman of the University of Arkansas System’s Board of Trustees, Mark Waldrip, sign a joint statement of cooperation, flanked by Fulbright Scholars and a university choir.
On November 14-15, 2018 the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board held its 281st quarterly board meeting at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville.
As part of its ongoing effort to work with the U.S. higher education institutions, the Fulbright Board agreed to a joint statement of cooperation with the University of Arkansas that affirms the partnership between the Fulbright Board and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. To recognize the Fulbright Program’s history and continued development, as well the unique relationship with the University of Arkansas as the hometown and university of the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Board intends to collaborate with the University of Arkansas to collect and preserve records about the program and participants, to orient new Board members, and to periodically host future Board meetings.
During the meeting, the Board re-elected Chair Jeffrey L. Bleich and Vice-Chair Mark Pryor as officers for 2019. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs, Caroline Casagrande, provided the Board with an update on the Fulbright Program and the strategic goals of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Family members, former colleagues, and staff of the late Senator J. William Fulbright shared their memories and insights about the statesman. Through the university archives, FFSB members accessed the papers, writings, and memorabilia of Senator Fulbright and the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Board Members and State Department officials heard the stories of Fulbright Scholars and alumni, and celebrated International Education Week with a reception for international students and Fulbright Scholars.