Ahmad Ezzeddine

Wayne State University

Dr. Ahmad Ezzeddine is the Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and International Programs at Wayne State University (WSU). In this capacity, he leads the university’s academic, national, global, and corporate educational engagement initiatives and programs. This encompasses overseeing the university’s satellite campuses and off-campus programs, transfer student initiatives including partnerships with community colleges and the Transfer Student Success Center, and Executive and Professional Development, the university’s training, consulting, and continuing education arm.

As WSU’s Senior International Officer, he oversees the university’s Office of International Programs where he has developed innovative partnerships with institutions in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and China which have led to innovative initiatives and new educational and research opportunities for students and faculty. A member of the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 2019, he was elected NAFSA’s Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy. In 2021, Dr. Ezzeddine was also among 23 international educators inducted into the inaugural class of the National Academy for International Education, an honorary society and think tank charged with shaping the future of international education.

In addition to his role as Associate VP, Dr. Ezzeddine serves as Senior Associate to the President for Special Initiatives. A firm proponent of the crucial role that universities play in driving economic and community development, he is responsible for forging linkages with organizations in the City of Detroit and the region and supporting community engagement and economic development initiatives. He oversaw the launch of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which has been operating in Detroit since 2013. He was also the recipient of the first grant awarded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to establish the Blackstone LaunchPad, a program to help students explore entrepreneurship as a career option and to assist them in launching their own ventures. He launched the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, a program designed to attract, develop and retain promising young professionals who will help lead the economic revitalization and development of Detroit. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ (APLU) Commission on Economic and Community Engagement.

Named one of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” Class of 2007, Dr. Ezzeddine is committed to serving the community since his arrival to the Detroit area more than 30 years ago. He is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of ACCESS, the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the United
States.

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