Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and International Programs, Senior Associate to the President for Strategic Planning and Special Initiatives
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Dr. Ahmad Ezzeddine is the Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and International Programs at Wayne State University (WSU). In this capacity, he leads the university's academic, global, and corporate educational outreach programs, including the university's expansion in Macomb County.
In addition to his role as Associate VP, he was appointed Senior Associate to the President for Special Initiatives. A firm proponent of the crucial role that universities play in driving economic development, he is aggressively forging linkages with organizations in the City of Detroit and the Region and supporting community engagement and economic development initiatives. This includes the recent launch of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, a two-year program designed to attract, develop and retain promising young professionals who will help lead the economic revitalization and development of Detroit.
Dr. Ezzeddine brings an entrepreneurial approach to his work at the University. He has shepherded new programs to the University, including the Blackstone LaunchPad, a program to help students explore entrepreneurship as a career option and to assist them in launching their own ventures. And by turning his attention to international partnerships, he has created innovative partnerships with institutions in the Middle East, Korea, and China which have led to increased international enrollments as well as new educational and research opportunities.
Prior to his current position, he served as the Assistant Dean for Executive and Professional Development in the School of Business Administration. Under his leadership, the Professional Development Division experienced record activities and growth, surpassing levels from its entire 15-year history and becoming a self-funded operation. He has extensive experience in business development, change management and strategic planning, and has consulted with a diverse list of corporate clients including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UAW-Ford, Compuware, and the City of Detroit.
Named one of Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2007, Ezzeddine is committed to serving the community since his arrival to the Detroit area more than 20 years ago. He is the current Chairman of the International Visitors Council of Metropolitan Detroit. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Generation of Promise.
Fluent in English, Arabic and French, Dr. Ezzeddine enjoys running, traveling and spending time with his wife Colleen and three young children, Taima, Hassan, and Nadim.
Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems, Master of Business Administration and doctorate in Business and Industrial Engineering.