American Councils and NCEEER to Collaborate More Closely in Postdoctoral Research

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American Councils for International Education announced a new strategic partnership with the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER). In a new collaborative agreement between the two organizations, Dr. David Patton, a Vice President at American Councils, has been formally appointed as the new President of NCEEER, while continuing in his current role at American Councils.

Dr. David Patton at the American Councils Washington D.C. Office

His innovative shared-executive role (as president of NCEEER and vice-president of American Councils) is a multiplier for both entities, which have a long history of successful and collegial collaboration.

American Councils for International Education announced a new strategic partnership with the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER). In a new collaborative agreement between the two organizations, Dr. David Patton, a Vice President at American Councils, has been formally appointed as the new President of NCEEER, while continuing in his current role at American Councils.

This leadership merger underscores the complementary missions of the two organizations, as well as the opportunity to pursue those missions on a more expansive scale with combined resources. Dr. Dan E. Davidson, President of American Councils, said, “I am very pleased with the decision of the NCEEER Board to appoint Dr. David Patton as the new president. David's understanding of the needs of the field and his ability to play senior leadership roles both for NCEEER and American Councils will further strengthen our cooperation, while helping to streamline program administration and operating costs for both organizations.”

American Councils and NCEEER have worked in partnership for more than a decade to implement fellowship programs in the United States and overseas to support advanced research and training for scholars and pre-doctoral students focusing on Russia, Eurasia and Southeast Europe. Confirming the complementary activity of the organizations, Dr. David Patton, the newly appointed president of NCEEER, said, “I believe that closer cooperation between the organizations will create an alliance that is greater than the sum of its parts, which will benefit the research community both in the U.S. and abroad through more effective and comprehensive support for researchers and their projects, as well as innovative program design and management. I very much look forward to the challenges and rewards ahead.”

NCEEER’s traditional focus on the postdoctoral researchers expands upon American Councils’ already broad range of participants in exchange programs in Europe and Eurasia, including secondary, undergraduate, graduate students, faculty and professionals.

Congratulating Dr. Patton on his new role, Dr. Maria Carlson, Chairman of NCEEER’s Board of Directors, said, “The Board of Directors of NCEEER is delighted to welcome Dr. David Patton as its new president. His innovative shared-executive role (as president of NCEEER and vice-president of American Councils) is a multiplier for both entities, which have a long history of successful and collegial collaboration. Under Dr. Patton’s leadership, NCEEER is ready to enter the current period of great challenges and greater opportunities.”

American Councils is a leader in international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion, creating opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions for success in an increasingly interconnected world.

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