Craig Schreiber, Ph.D., associate professor of management and co-director of the Broyhill Institute for Leadership at Lenoir-Rhyne University, was recently invited to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program.
Schreiber is the sixth faculty member at LRU to receive a Fulbright and the first from the Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics.
"It is an honor to be a Fulbright scholar and to be included on the list of distinguished Lenoir-Rhyne faculty who hold this distinction." Schreiber said. "This Fulbright award is due, in part, to the amazing support of scholarship that we have at Lenoir-Rhyne. I would like to thank my fellow colleagues and administrators for their backing."
Recognized as the flagship international exchange program, the Fulbright Specialist Program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. Schreiber will join many distinguished figures from around the world as part of the program.
"Dr. Schreiber's Fulbright award is a well-deserved recognition that exemplifies his determination, curiosity, excellence, and passion for learning, all of which are central to our core values," said Fred Whitt, Ph.D., University president. "He is a valuable member of our faculty and we are fortunate to have him at Lenoir-Rhyne. I congratulate Dr. Schreiber on this very distinguished honor and he will be an exemplary representative for our University."
Schreiber will travel to Bifrost University in Iceland where he will teach Icelandic and other international students and help to expand their leadership skills. He will also evaluate existing leadership programs, and help develop new programs which utilize innovative techniques for approaching challenges faced by modern organizations.
"Dr. Schreiber's experience at Bifrost University will undoubtedly provide him with a broader perspective and new knowledge that can be included in his instruction moving forward," said Mary H. Lesser, Ph.D., dean of the College of Professional and Mathematical Studies.
According to Schreiber, he plans to use the opportunity to deepen his understanding of the Icelandic and Nordic cultures, while also developing relationships between LR and Bifrost University.
"I will bring this increased cultural knowledge back to share with the Lenoir-Rhyne and Hickory communities which will spread a multi-cultural understanding and promote internationalization," he said. "In this same light, I will teach others at the partner institution about U.S. culture in order to promote internationalization in their community."
The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Schreiber's award was presented on behalf of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which supervises the Fulbright Program worldwide and approves the selection of all Fulbright recipients. The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.