Dr. Roger A. Ritvo, Professor of management in the School of Business, has been awarded a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ritvo will use the award to travel to the country of Georgia, where he will serve as a visiting professor at Tbilisi State University and continue his research on nonprofit leadership and governance.
“The Fulbright program remains among the largest and most prestigious U.S. international exchange programs,” said Jacques Fuqua, Assistant Provost of international affairs. “The competition is very keen because not only are recipients expected to be among the best the United States has to offer professionally, but they also serve as important cultural ambassadors in their own right.”
Ritvo came to Auburn Montgomery in 1997 to serve as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. After 30 years in administration, including positions at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and the University of New Hampshire, he stepped down in 2005 to concentrate on teaching and research. In 2006, he received what would become the first of two Fulbright awards – a rare but not unheard of accomplishment. He traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan, where he taught at Azerbaijan State Economic University and conducted senior staff training at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“This is an excellent opportunity to continue research on the emerging role of nonprofit organizations in post-Soviet countries,” said Ritvo. “Much of my work in this area has been supported by the AUM Research Council and the School of Business. By having the opportunity to teach the first generation of non-Soviet students, I expect to learn from them as they learn from me. Ultimately this experience will result in both additional professional manuscripts and relevant examples when we discuss globalization in my organizational behavior and business ethics classes.”
Ritvo holds a Ph.D. in organizational development and a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University, as well as an M.B.A. in health care administration and policy from George Washington University.
As a Fulbright grantee, Ritvo joins the ranks of distinguished scholars and professionals who have gone on to become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. Over the past 60 years, 43 Fulbright alumni have been awarded Nobel Prizes. For more information on the program, visit http://fulbright.state.gov/.
Reporting by Frank Miles
Photograph by Frank Williams