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Governing Board

The CMES Governing Board advises the center on various matters of policy and practice, is informed about the Center's budget and its allocation, participates in the awarding of the FLAS fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, and reviews the performance of the director. Members also evaluate applications from prospective Visiting Scholars and affiliated faculty and members of the Center. Appointment to the Board is made by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Dean in consultation with the CMES director and members of the Center. Members serve three-year terms.

CMES Governing Board Members, 2017-18

Anne Betteridge
Director, CMES

Julie Ellison-Speight
Assistant Director, CMES

David J. Dunford
Ambassador (Retired); Instructor of Political Science

Ben Fortna
Head, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies

Hassan Hijazi
Director, International Alumni and Development Initiatives

Sharon Megdal
Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Director, Water Resources Research Center

Amy W. Newhall
MESA Executive Director; Retired Associate Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Sonia S'hiri
Middle East Language Coordinator, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Ramzi Touchan
Research Professor, Dendrochronology, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Maggy Zanger
Professor of Practice, School of Journalism
Michael Brewer
Department Head, Research and Learning Librarian
Atifa Rawan
Retired UA Librarian Emerita
Graduate Student Representative
Renee Spellman, MENAS

Undergraduate Student Representative

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