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Dr. Alec Zama Named Fulbright Scholar

September 13, 2023

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Alec Zama, Professor of Business at Grand View University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Moldova to teach management courses in Moldova and conduct research on the non-profit sector for four months during the fall semester of 2023.  

Dr. Zama has served as a faculty member at Grand View since 2005He is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2023-2024 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

"I am honored and humbled to be a part of the Fulbright tradition and grateful to Grand View University for the support and encouragement,” said Dr. Zama. “GVU is a treasure and I look forward to sharing some piece of that with Moldova."

Dr. Zama holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the Universitatea Agrar─â de Stat din Moldova, an MBA from the University of Arkansas, and a Doctor of Business Administration in Management from St. Ambrose University. Dr. Zama’s professional and administrative experiences include managerial experiences in an agribusiness, managing an international exchange program for the U.S. Department of State, managing a non-profit organization and 24 years of university teaching experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

“The university could not be more proud of Dr. Zama,” remarked Grand View President Dr. Rachelle Keck.  “This is an incredible academic honor and opportunity for both Dr. Zama and the university.”

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright scholars address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.  Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit https://fulbrightprogram.org.