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Dr. Stephen Griffin, Vice President of Academic Affairs, admitted to Fulbright Specialist roster

WILBERFORCE, OH —Dr. Stephen Griffin, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Wilberforce University, has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialist roster, with a future project aiming to help rebuild international educational pathways.

A program of the U.S. Department of State and World Learning, the Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards are selected based on academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Prospective Specialists and host institutions participate in a competitive selection and matching process.

According to President Newkirk, the Fulbright Specialist Program along with the other Fulbright Programs can be wonderful opportunities for Wilberforce students, faculty, and administrators once they are accepted to the roster for their discipline. “The Fulbright Specialist Program is incredible because it fosters global collaboration and innovation, bringing together top experts from diverse fields to share knowledge, inspire growth, and create lasting impacts on communities worldwide.”

“Dr. Griffin has established himself as an outstanding leader at Wilberforce University, garnering national and international recognition for his talents. His contributions are invaluable to both the University and the Fulbright program, and we are confident he will leave a lasting impact.”

Dr. Griffin’s interests include Higher Education Realignment, College and University Leadership Development, and Enterprise Change Management to shift academic institutions. He is currently an A.C.E. Fellow and during the 2024-2025 academic year will collaborate with Cuyahoga Community College for his own leadership development journey.

Students, Faculty, and Staff who are interested in learning more about the Fulbright Programs can contact Dr. Griffin,

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Photo: Dr. Stephen Griffin


For Immediate Release 
Media Contact: Lena Arnold
Phone: 937-508-5532
June 5, 2024

About Wilberforce University: 

Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest private, historically black University owned and operated by African Americans. Its roots trace back to its founding in 1856, a period of American history marred by the physical bondage of people of African descent. It was also a period when the education of African Americans was not only socially prohibited but was illegal. There was nothing about the prevailing social and cultural ethos of the era that suggested that African Americans might or should be taught or could learn. Yet a powerful idea assumed life and Wilberforce University was born. The founding of Wilberforce University represented a bold, audacious, and visionary example of what could happen when men and women of goodwill transcended race and the prevailing social and cultural constructs and norms to pursue a noble purpose. Today Wilberforce University offers 25 academic programs to students of promise from marginalized communities. Learn more at


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