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Margee Ensign

Margee Ensign

Margee Ensign became Dickinson’s 29th president on July 1, 2017. At Dickinson, she has launched a campus-wide inclusivity initiative, the Center for Civic Action and Learning and the Carlisle Community Action Network which brings together more than 90 community leaders to solve community challenges. Under her leadership, Dickinson also created The Revolutionary Challenge, a co-innovation process with alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents to develop bold ideas for the college’s future. In January 2021, Dickinson launched its first master’s degree program in Managing Complex Disasters to leverage the college’s leadership in global and sustainability education and to educate leaders capable of meeting the challenges of our time. Prior to Dickinson she served for seven years as president of the American University of Nigeria (AUN). Ensign received the 2011 African Leadership Award in Educational Excellence. In 2015, the Women of Jama’atu Nasril Islam in Nigeria recognized her for her contributions to leadership, philanthropy and education of women and girls in northeast Nigeria. She is a widely published scholar whose work focuses primarily on the challenges of international development as well as on the implications of development assistance. Ensign earned her B.A. from New College in Florida and her Ph.D. in international political economy from the University of Maryland.