Darrell is the Principal of Heritage Solutions LLC, a higher education strategy consulting firm and past Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Dean at Claremont Lincoln University in Claremont, California. He is a recognized visionary in higher education with experience shaped by his time in academia, government, and non-profit management. He is a social scientist with teaching and research interests grounded in religious studies and global politics with a particular focus on ethnic conflict resolution and interfaith relations. He has held faculty positions at Tulane University, Louisiana State University, and Claremont Lincoln University and appointments at the U.S. Department of State, William J. Clinton School of Public Service & Foundation, and the Interfaith Center of New York.
His administrative experience reaches into academic and student affairs, program design, online education, and innovation in higher education. He has excelled as a senior administrator building a new online graduate university in 2014 from inception, establishing high performing graduate degree programs, launching strategic academic and corporate partnerships, fundraising, and leading Claremont Lincoln University to initial regional WSCUC accreditation in 2016. As a member of the academy, he has published widely and is the author of the book, Beyond Cairo: U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan).
Darrell holds a Ph.D. from The University of Birmingham in England (United Kingdom), with a thesis examining the role of U.S. diplomacy, interfaith relations, and ethnic conflict in the Muslim World after 9/11.
Beyond Cairo tackles the problem of U.S. public diplomacy and provides a roadmap for the White House and U.S. Department of State to re-engage the Muslim world over the coming years. This book explores, the foreign policy challenges experienced by the post-9/11 Bush White House, peace and social justice efforts during the Arab Spring, and attempts put forth by the Obama administration to restore public communication and diplomacy in an era marked by global turmoil.
"I thoroughly support the concept of this fascinating book, and have to agree that U.S. relations with the Muslim world need to be dramatically improved."
-U.S. Ambassador John W. McDonald
Ret. Chairman and CEO, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
"At a time when the American relationship with Islamic peoples is of vital concern to the future of many countries, including the US, and amid great political and social change, Ezell's study of public diplomacy is essential. "
- Scott Lucas, Ph.D.
professor of American Studies, The University of Birmingham (U.K.)
"A must read if you want to understand Obama's foreign policy concerning the Muslim world"