The American University of Nigeria (AUN) has reappointed Maggie Ensign as President/Vice-Chancellor, taking effect from June 1, 2021.
Dr. Ensign, who on May 14 disclosed her resignation as President of Dickinson College, one of the oldest and most distinguished liberal arts universities in the United States, had served as President of AUN from 2010 to 2017 before leaving to take up the presidency at Dickinson College.
The Chairman of AUN’s Governing Council, Senator Ben Obi, who announced the reappointment on Tuesday said the Board and Council can vouch for Dr. Ensign’s competence, noting that she possesses best credentials and experience to lead the university through this critical stage in its development
The board and the council have pledged their unflinching support for her success.
Welcoming Dr. Ensign back to Yola, AUN Founder and Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, described the decision to ask Dr. Ensign to return to the AUN presidency as “one of the easiest in recent times,” in order that she might, “continue the excellent work that you have started at AUN.”
He encouraged Dr. Ensign to relaunch the bold strategic plan she developed for the University in her first seven-year tenure, which aimed at building on the American style of pedagogy using the latest technology—including a superb new digital library–to train a new generation of African leaders, and to find solutions to the crucial economic and social challenges besetting Africa.
Atiku also challenged the returning President to reposition the university and intensify the recruitment of the brightest and best students from all over Nigeria and across Africa, students inspired by the call to leadership and service.
“Your return to Yola must bring back those creative community outreaches that enabled our institution to impact so greatly not only on the Yola community but across the country and the world.
“I remember, with a combination of pride and humility, how you mobilized the Yola community and personally led the fight for the continued education of the abducted Chibok girls. You opened the AUN campus, first to those Chibok girls that escaped the onslaught of Boko Haram, and eventually to those few that were freed in 2016. You will be reuniting with some of this determined generation of young women who have continued to pursue their education dreams at AUN,” Atiku said.
Dr. Ensign holds a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Maryland University College. She began her administrative career at Columbia University in New York City where she combined roles of Professor of Politics and Economy with director of the International Political Economy Program.
In 2015, the American University of Paris honored Dr. Ensign with a causa honoris for successfully aligning the development mission and core values of the American University to the specific needs of Adamawa State.