Dr. Margee M. Ensign, the third President of the American University of Nigeria, earned her BA from New College in Florida, and her PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Maryland.  She began her administrative career at Columbia University, in New York City. There she combined roles of professor of Politics & Economics with Director of the International Political Economy Program.

From Columbia, she became Director of Tulane University’s International Development Program, offering advanced programs at the Masters and PhD levels in International Development.  She also taught as Visiting Professor at both Georgetown and American Universities, all in Washington, DC.                         

She came to AUN from the University of the Pacific in California where she was Dean of the School of International Studies and Associate Provost for International Initiatives.  At the Pacific she set up undergraduate and graduate programs in social entrepreneurship, Inter-American Studies, and intercultural relations. She also oversaw the Gerber Lecture Series that attracted such globally renowned speakers as Archbishop (emeritus) Desmond Tutu of South Africa, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya of Uganda, President César Gaviria of Colombia, and Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway.

Dr. Ensign is a widely published scholar whose works focus primarily on the challenges of international development, as well as on the implications of development assistance. Some of her works include: Doing Good or Doing Well?: Japan’s Foreign Aid Program, and Images and Behavior of Private Bank Lending to Developing Countries. In 2010 Dr. Ensign co-authored a book entitled Rwanda: History and Hope, in which she and AUN Trustee and Tulane University Professor Dr. William Bertrand document Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts since 1994.  She has written extensively on genocide, and has also served as an advisor to a number of African governments.   

Her unswerving commitment to education and the creative re-thinking of development has brought international recognition to the pioneering programs at AUN, and she counts among her many awards the 2011 “African Leadership Award in Educational Excellence” conferred upon her in London by African Leadership Magazine.

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