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Student: Alumni Leaders Make GW Special

Student: Alumni Leaders Make GW Special

As part of GW’s student-alumni initiatives, the Colonial Ambassadors Program empowers a select group of undergraduate students to promote and preserve GW traditions, encourage a spirit of philanthropy and nurture the student-alumni connection through special events and projects. With offerings like the Colonial Ambassador/GW Alumni Association (GWAA) mentorship exchange–which pairs ambassadors with alumni leaders who

Valentines: Kirk & Lien Lea Merritt

Kirk Merritt ESIA BA ’98, and Lien Lea (Cox) Merritt, ESIA BA ’98, credit Thurston Hall for bringing them together; these lovebirds met on the 9th floor on the first day of move-in week. They were just friends for months—until a date during spring break at Mr. Henry’s Pub (remember, ’90s alumni?) changed everything. Kirk

Alumnus Named Exec. Dir. of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

Stephen C. Dunn, a graduate of the GWSB master’s in public administration program, has been selected as the new executive director of Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic. Dunn comes to SSC Atlantic from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, where he was comptroller and business resource manager.

Heather Higginbottom, CCAS MA ’99

Heather Higginbottom, CCAS MA ’99 has been named Counselor to Secretary of State John Kerry. Following the 2008 presidential election, President Obama named Higginbottom deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. In 2011, she became deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to her work with the Obama administration, Higginbottom

Erek Barron, LAW JD ’99 Among Maryland’s “Forty under 40”

Congratulations to Erek Barron, LAW JD ’99 for being recognized as one of Maryland’s “Forty under 40!” Barron is an experienced civil and criminal litigation attorney focusing on white-collar criminal defense and corporate compliance and investigations. He also serves as outside general counsel to businesses, government agencies, and non-profits. In his private practice, Barron draws

Cynthia Jacobs Carter, GSEHD MA ’94, EdD ’98

Cynthia Jacobs Carter, GSEHD MA ’94, EdD ’98, is the new chief development officer at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She leads the Center’s unrestricted fundraising efforts, which include major gifts, campaigns, planned giving, events, direct mail, social media fund raising, cause marketing, and the growing of the endowment. In addition,

Aaron D. Ford, GSEHD MA ’97

Aaron D. Ford, GSEHD MA ’97, was elected to the Nevada State Senate, District 11. Born in Dallas, Texas, Ford received his undergraduate education at A&M University. After getting an MA in educational administration from GW, he went on to get a law degree and a PhD in educational administration from Ohio State University. He

Stephanie Leigh Batiste, CCAS MPHIL ’99, PhD ’03

Stephanie Leigh Batiste, CCAS MPHIL ’99, PhD ’03, published her first book, Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance with Duke University Press. The project examines the complicated ways in which African Americans participated in American ideologies of cultural imperialism. Batiste is associate professor of Black Studies and English at the University of

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