J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Elects Jeffrey L. Bleich as Chair, Dr. Emma Sepulveda as Vice Chair for 2017

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 2, 2016


The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board elected Jeffrey L. Bleich as Chair and Dr. Emma Sepulveda as Vice Chair for 2017 at its annual election held November 17, 2016. The 12-member Board was established by the U.S. Congress and is appointed by the President of the United States to oversee the worldwide Fulbright Program, for which the Board selects participants and sets policies. Their one-year terms of office begin on January 1, 2017.

Jeffrey L. Bleich succeeds Laura Skandera Trombley, who served consecutive terms as Chair and Vice Chair. Bleich is a lawyer, diplomat, and educator. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013. He has been a partner in the San Francisco office of Dentons, the global law firm, leading key international initiatives, since March 2016. President Barack Obama appointed Bleich to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in November 2014. Bleich previously served in the White House as special counsel to President Obama. He is a former Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Emma Sepulveda is a Foundation Professor and the Director of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an award-winning writer and a columnist, author, and co-author of 29 books and numerous articles. She has given lectures in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. President Obama appointed Sepulveda in December 2014 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Since 1946, the Program has provided more than 370,000 participants from more than 180 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. For more information, view the Annual Report.

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