Welcome to the new Provost of American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Edu Alliance an international higher education consulting firm who was appointed to conduct the extensive international search, is pleased and privileged to join our client  The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)  in announcing Professor Stephen C. Wilhite as the university’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success.

New_AURAK_provost_Prof_Wilhite_(Photo_ME_NewsWire)Prof. Wilhite, who joins the university in time for the 2017/18 academic year, brings a wealth of experience to the role. He served as provost at Widener University, Philadelphia, since 2011, as well as a period as interim president from 2015 to 2016. He also served a number of other leadership positions at Widener, such as associate provost for graduate studies, and dean of the School of Human Service Professions.

Commenting on the new appointment, AURAK president, Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim stated, “We have made significant progress over the last year, culminating in the university being granted candidacy by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In Prof. Wilhite, we have another outstanding administrator joining our team, who will no doubt significantly contribute to the advancement of AURAK and the attainment of our goals.”

Originally from Tennessee, Prof. Wilhite earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University, Atlanta, U.S., where he graduated with highest honors. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford, England, earning a Ph.D. in Human Experimental Psychology.

Prof. Wilhite was a participant in a year-long institute for New Chief Academic Officers with the American Council on Education, attended the Management and Leadership in Education Institute at Harvard University, and had a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois.

With AURAK striving for SACSCOC institutional accreditation, Prof. Wilhite also has invaluable experience. He has been a member of accreditation site visit teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Prof. Wilhite authored the book, Learning and Memory: The Basis of Behavior (1992) and edited the book, Civic Engagement and Service Learning in a Metropolitan University: Multiple Approaches and Perspectives (2011). In total, he has more than thirty publications and has presented more than fifty scholarly papers.

Prof. Wilhite’s current research interests include applied cognitive psychology and educational psychology, especially in relation to civic and community engagement, emotional competence, higher education leadership, and faculty development.

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About  Edu Alliance: Edu Alliance is an educational management consulting company – with offices in the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. As part of our integrated management consulting services to university clients, we are often engaged to conduct executive search for leaders of universities. Edu Alliance is uniquely placed to assist in such a confidential executive search. All of our consultants have been senior university administrators and leaders. With the in-depth experience in recruiting Deans, VPs, Provost and Presidents from US / UK to the UAE in the past two decades, Edu Alliance principals have a proven track record and strong networks around the world to meet this major challenge.

Contacts: United Arab Emirates  Dr. Senthil Nathan – United States – Dean Hoke

Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 Universities are the Key

Building a knowledge-based economy is central to Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030. As such, Abu Dhabi is promoting the growth of universities, as well as doing tie-ups with major players such as MIT to advance education in the Emirate.

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce in its May issue did a major piece on Vision 2030 and the government’s focus on education.  The story is called School’s In and we encourage you to give it a read. It is in PDF format.

It states in the article: “The country’s leadership knows that to be a world-class nation it must foster a world-class population, so the development of a homegrown knowledge base forms the bedrock of Abu Dhabi’s ambitious long-term development plans.”

Dean Hoke Co-Founder of Edu Alliance has asked his views on education and the states the serious government commitment is the single biggest factor in building a highly educated populace. “The key is commitment by the government to fund and promote education from K-20.”

Enjoy the article School’s In

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