Board of Directors Election: Announcement of New President and Directors

In August, the Fulbright Association held its annual election for incoming Board members and the new President of the Fulbright Association. The candidates on the ballot had been officially nominated in the spring. We are proud to announce the results of this election and to see four members of our community take on new leadership roles on the Board of Directors.


Manfred Philipp was Executive Director of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences and a former Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY). He was chair of CUNY’s University Faculty Senate in 2006-2010 and President of the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association of the US in 2013-2014. Dr. Philipp is Professor Emeritus and past department chair of chemistry at Lehman College in New York and Professor Emeritus in the Biochemistry and Chemistry Doctoral Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. As a Fulbright scholar in 2005, Dr. Philipp taught bioinformatics and biopharmaceutics at the Catholic University of Portugal. As a Fulbright scholar in 2012-2013, he did research on multidrug resistant bacteria at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Dr. Philipp received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Philipp has been Program Director for the National Institutes of Health-supported, research-based student support programs Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), and the High School Summer Research Apprentice Program. He was co-Program Director of the NIH-supported Bridges to the Baccalaureate at Bronx Community College and Lehman College. He has also served as national president of the MBRS/MARC Program Directors Organization. His scientific research concentrates on protein modeling and enzyme inhibition, with emphasis on enzyme inhibitors of potential pharmaceutical value.

Prior to assuming his new role in January 2018, Dr. Philipp will complete his term as the current Secretary of the Fulbright Association Board of Directors. Dr. Philipp is also the Chair of the Association’s National Conference Committee.


Aleksandra Liaplina is an Economist in the World Bank Group, which she joined in 2013, and is based in Washington, D.C. She specializes in infrastructure investment and finance, and has contributed to a number of World Bank publications surrounding the economics of infrastructure, as well as the role of regulation and policies in attracting private and institutional capital in infrastructure investments. She has been managing a portfolio of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects under a program with the European Commission; providing policy and regulatory advisory services; participating in investment operations in Africa and Europe, and leveraging donor partnerships and client engagements. She was also involved in designing and launching the new Impact Evaluation program in the Transport and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Global Practice.

Previously, Ms. Liaplina was at Intel Corporation, where she worked across sector development; Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development, where she was involved in Russia’s World Trade Organization (WTO) accession process; the United Nations; and other organizations. She is a Fulbright Scholar with a dual Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Georgetown University and in Economics from St. Petersburg State University.

Dorothy (“DeDe”) Long has been the Director of Study Abroad and International Exchange at the University of Arkansas since 1994. She supervises 5 full time employees, one graduate assistant, and several student hourly workers. Her activities include the promotion of study abroad at all university events as well as advising and support services for all students considering studying abroad, preparing to study abroad, currently abroad and just returned from abroad. She administers all university-wide exchange programs and most faculty-led study abroad programs. She has responsibility for the coordination of all affiliation agreements with outside program providers and institutional reporting on study abroad enrollment. She also serves as campus adviser (FPA) for the Fulbright Scholarship Program for faculty and students and the Boren National Security Education Program. She has a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She also participated in an academic year abroad at the University of Durham, England. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and is married with two children and one grandchild.

Mary Ann Stanton is Chair of the Fulbright Alumni Travel Task Force and a board member of the Fulbright Association Minnesota Chapter. Her Fulbright grant was through the Teacher Exchange program from 2010-11 in New Delhi, India. Mary’s first teaching job was in Australia. Other positions were teaching high school English and French in both rural Minnesota and a first-ring suburb Minneapolis, and teaching literature and composition at a community college.

Ms. Stanton has a Master’s Degree in English and French Literature from St. Cloud State University, a B.S. in English Education from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in French and Secondary Education from the University of Colorado, and the 1st and 2nd degrees in French Language and Culture from University of Bordeaux, France. She has participated in Fulbright Alumni Service Tour to Albania and Serbia and EnvisionFulbright in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, and was the Fulbright Association Representative on the Fulbright Association Insight Tour to India. Other international experiences include studying in New Caledonia and England as well as volunteer work in France, Germany, and Spain.

Ms. Stanton’s goals as a member of the Board of Directors are advocacy, increasing both national and international membership, and expanding participation in the Fulbright Alumni Association.

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