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State Department Names Bluefield
Bluefield State College was one of 19 Historical
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to be
honored as a Fulbright Institutional Leader by
the U.S. State Department. This award
recognizes the college’s efforts to support
Fulbright exchange participants during the
2018-2019 academic year.
President Robin Capehart said, “Dr.
Sudhakar Jamkhandi (BSC Director of the
Office of International Initiatives) has done
an outstanding job as the College’s liaison to
the Fulbright Program. Through his ‘Windows
On The World’ lecture series, many Fulbright
scholars have helped students from area public
schools and BSC, along with community
members, gain a greater understanding and
appreciation for other cultures and their areas
Dr. Capehart himself was named a Fulbright
Scholar in 2006 teaching and consulting about
tax systems in Moldova.
The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business Dean
Philip Imel taught accounting and finance in
Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2011.
Dr. Jamkhandi was named a Fulbright
Specialist in Internationalizing Higher
Education from 2011 to 2016.
Provost Dr. Ted Lewis noted, “We are the only
higher education institution in West Virginia
that shares this vital international resource
with area public schools, with help from the
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Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi, Fulbright Honoree
West Virginia Humanities Council and a local
Dr. Jamkhandi acknowledged Bluefield State’s
long association with the State Department,
“Bluefield State College’s affiliation with the
U.S. Department of State began in 1996. Since
2006, our mission of preparing global citizens
has been manifested mainly through
Fulbright Programs such as the Fulbright
Africa Undergraduate Scholars, Fulbright
Language Teaching Assistants and the
Fulbright Scholars in Residence, two of whom
have been from Russia and one from Liberia.”
To learn more about how Bluefield State College
participates in the Fulbright Program, please visit
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