Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Elects New Vice Chair, Re-Elects Chairman for 2014

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 29, 2014

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has re-elected Tom Healy for a third term as Chairman for 2014. The Board elected Betty Castor as Vice Chair, succeeding Susan Ness. President Obama appointed Healy and Castor to the Board in 2011.

The U.S. Congress established the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 1961 to select participants, set policies, and publish an Annual Report for The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government's flagship international exchange program, sponsored by the Department of State. Through Fulbright grants, more than 325,000 participants in over 180 countries have studied, taught, conducted research, and found solutions to shared international challenges.

Tom Healy is a writer and poet. His books include "Animal Spirits," "What the Right Hand Knows," which was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize, and two forthcoming books of essays: "Not Untrue and Not Unkind" and "The Rest of the World: Smart Power and Public Diplomacy." Healy teaches at New York University and writes regularly about the Fulbright Program and international affairs for The Huffington Post. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Healy served on President Clinton's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and has worked on AIDS prevention and anti-poverty projects around the world. He served as president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in the years after 9/11 and was awarded the New York City Arts Award by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005 for leading rebuilding efforts for the downtown arts community. Healy studied philosophy at Harvard and received his M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University.

Betty Castor is the former President of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she served as President from 1994 until 1999. Previously, she was the Florida Commissioner of Education for seven years and the first woman ever elected to the Florida Cabinet. Castor also served as President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Patel Center for Global Solutions at USF. She is a former state legislator having served three terms in the Florida Senate. Castor is a member of the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations and the LeRoy Collins Institute. In 2010 she received the Distinguished Woman in International Commerce Award from the World Trade Center of Tampa Bay. She began her educational career as a secondary school teacher in Uganda and continues her support of the Teachers for East Africa Alumni Foundation. Castor received her Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University and her Master’s degree from the University of Miami.

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