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MDC Homestead Campus Dean Selected as 2011 Fulbright Scholar

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Dr. Jeffery A. Thomas, dean of academic and student affairs at the Homestead Campus

Miami, March 16, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) Homestead Campus’ Dr. Jeffery A. Thomas, dean of academic and student affairs, has been selected for the 2011 Fulbright Scholar Award by the Russian Federation. He is one of only six community college administrators in the nation selected for the honor.  

Next month, Dr. Thomas will travel to Moscow to participate in a two-week seminar that will focus on the role of community colleges in higher education and the local community, and exchange knowledge and best practices with Russian administrators in post-secondary education to lay the groundwork for institutional partnerships, and faculty and student exchanges, and internships.  

The overall objective of the program is to strengthen the ability of U.S. and Russian institutions to prepare students for success in the global economy.

The program includes an initial multi-day seminar, in which the American scholars will familiarize themselves with Russian institutions and explain how the U.S. community college system develops educational programs that combine workforce training and civic education and prepares students for additional higher education.

In the second part of the program, the Americans will make site visits to Russian institutions and meet with senior administrators and government officials and community representatives. 

“I am honored to be selected for this prestigious award,” said Dr. Thomas. “Miami Dade College has earned a reputation for successful and innovative workforce training in a global economy, and I look forward to sharing and learning with Russian institutions.”  

To meet eligibility, applicants were required to have a minimum of five year’s experience in community college administration; hold a mid-to senior-level community college administrative position with institutional authority for program development and international outreach; and be able to discuss issues concerning the U.S. system of higher education and the role of community colleges in this system and in local communities.  

Dr. Thomas joined MDC as dean at the Homestead Campus in January 2008, and recently attended the Wye Dean’s Seminar at the Aspen Institute.

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