Newswise — WASHINGTON—The George Washington University Board of Trustees elected three new trustees at its leadership meeting.
As trustees, Kyle Farmbry, B.A. ’92, M.P.A. ’94 and Ph.D. ’99, associate professor at Rutgers University-Newark; Sally Nuamah, B.A. ’11, scholar, advocate and filmmaker; and physician Art B. Wong, M.D. ’67, will provide leadership for GW’s strategic initiatives and play a key role in overseeing the university’s fiscal, academic and physical operations.
“I am proud to welcome Kyle, Sally and Art to the Board of Trustees,” said Chair Nelson A. Carbonell, B.S. ’85. “They are committed alumni of GW and are true citizen leaders in their communities and beyond. They are an asset to our GW community. We look forward to their service on the Board of Trustees. ”
The Board of Trustees elected the new trustees on June 19. The new trustees will begin service on July 1.
Dr. Farmbry is the acting dean of the Graduate School and an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to joining the faculty of Rutgers, he taught at The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Diego State University and Grand Valley State University. He also serves as the vice president of communications for the GW Alumni Association.
In 2009, the Fulbright Scholar Program selected Dr. Farmbry as one of 35 people to serve as a Fulbright New Century Scholar. In 2005, the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership awarded him a grant to conduct exploratory work on nongovernmental organizations working in Japan on HIV/AIDS. He also earned the 2005 William Diaz Research Fellowship from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.
Dr. Farmbry's current research interests are in the areas of intersectoral dynamics; private and independent sector entrepreneurial development; the roles of the public, private and nonprofit sectors in facilitating minority enterprise development; and the role of community voice in public administration. His upcoming book “The War on Poverty: A Retrospective” is expected to be published in July.
Ms. Nuamah is a scholar who conducts research on issues related to race, education and public policy; an advocate for underprivileged youth in urban centers across the U.S. and Africa; and a filmmaker focusing on the use of digital mediums to tell stories of disadvantaged women and girls.
Ms. Nuamah also consults and conducts research across the U.S., Ghana and South Africa for a number of groups, including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Foundation. Her work primarily focuses on how policies influence disadvantaged groups and the ways in which public and private groups can work together to resolve important policy issues through education. The Changing Worlds organization selected her as one of its 2014 Connecting Cultures Awards honorees.
As an undergraduate, Ms. Nuamah received the 2011 GW Manatt-Trachtenberg Award, presented to students who significantly challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the university, and GW named her one of two distinguished scholars, which is the highest mark of distinction at GW. She also earned membership into the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, the nation’s oldest academic honors society.
Art B. Wong
Dr. Wong is a physician entrepreneur and an early pioneer in the development of the specialty of emergency medicine. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Emergency Physicians Medical Group, the first private practicing emergency medicine specialists in San Francisco, California.
Dr. Wong has served on the boards of the San Francisco Day School, the University of California’s College of Letters and Science, the Level Playing Field Institute, the Huckleberry Youth Programs and the California Tennis Club. He currently serves on the board of the YMCA of San Francisco.
A 10-year member of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Dean’s Council, Dr. Wong is an active donor to medical school scholarships. He also is a regional medical school interviewer and frequently hosts SMHS functions in San Francisco.
The George Washington University
In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.
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