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Citadel News Service

For release
March 5, 2003

Citadel professor awarded Fulbright

          Citadel business professor Lt. Col. Donald Sparks has been awarded a Fulbright Senior
Specialists grant to work with the University of Swaziland to establish a graduate program in economics. Sparks will spend a month this summer working in the African country.

          “The Fulbright program gives us a chance to foster international relationships on the academic level. Don Sparks is an excellent professor, and he will be a fine ambassador of The Citadel and the United States,” said Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds.

          Sparks has also received a grant from The Citadel Foundation to present a paper in April at American University in Cairo's 10th Annual Research Conference. His topic is on Globalization and Sub-Saharan Africa.

          A professor of international economics, Sparks taught as a Fulbright professor in Swaziland in 1996-97. Two years ago, he taught at the American University of Cairo where he was the economics department chair. Sparks has twice been named Citadel MBA Professor of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

          The Fulbright Program was founded in 1946 by Congress to create educational and cultural accord among nations. Senator J. William Fulbright, who sponsored the legislation, envisioned it as an alternative to armed conflict. Each year, Americans study and conduct research in more than 100 countries through the Fulbright Program.


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