Dr. Darrell Ezell is a recognized visionary in higher education with over a decade of experience shaped by his time in academia, government, and the non-profit sectors. He is a social scientist, author, and an expert in the areas of: higher education transformation and innovation, inter-cultural understanding, and the impact of religion in international affairs. He is also a trailblazer in online program development and building institutional partnerships.
Most recently, Dr. Ezell served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Claremont Lincoln University where he is credited with spearheading the launch of high performing graduate degree programs and leading a new university to initial regional WSCUC accreditation. He has held faculty appointments at Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and positions at the U.S. Department of State, William J. Clinton Foundation, The Interfaith Center of New York, and as a Global Expert with the United Nations.
Dr. Ezell holds a Ph.D. from The University of Birmingham in England (United Kingdom) and post-doctoral credentials in Higher Education Administration (Northeastern University), Fundraising (Indiana University), Financial Understanding (Cornell University), and Leadership Principles (Harvard Business School). His commitment to higher education includes service on the Board of Trustees at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
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 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"