Hughes Receives Fulbright Specialist Award to Business School in Uganda


Ernie T. Hughes, vice president for university advancement, has been selected to receive a Fulbright Specialist Program award through the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of two to six weeks. Hughes will complete a project at the Makerere University Business School in Uganda, July 8-21. The goal of the project is to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions and communities in both the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within the field of business administration.

Hughes is one of more than 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad though the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. Recipients of the awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

A member of the Truman community since 2018, Hughes has a Ph.D. in human resource development from Louisiana State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and logistics, as well as his Master of Business Administration, from Mississippi State University. He participated in the Vanderbilt University Higher Education Management Institute, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 60 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 88 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 39 who have served as a head of state or government. For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at 202.632.6452 or
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