Appointed by President Barack Obama to 12-member board overseeing the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government
Venable LLP, an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm, is pleased to announce that partner and former Arkansas Senator Mark L. Pryor has been appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. President Barack Obama appointed Senator Pryor to the board in one of his final acts as president before leaving office.
As a member of the Fulbright Program's 12-member board representing diverse facets of American society, Senator Pryor will help select students, scholars, teachers, and others from the United States and abroad to participate in Fulbright exchanges. Working in close relationship with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. embassies, bilateral Fulbright Commissions in host countries, and the U.S. Department of Education's International and Foreign Language Office of Postsecondary Education, the Board prepares an annual report and promotes the Fulbright Program to audiences around the world. The Board also meets quarterly to establish policies for Fulbright selection and operating procedures.
Established by Congress in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The program is an important element of the United States' bilateral relationships with countries around the world.
From 2003 to 2015, Senator Pryor represented Arkansas in the U.S. Senate, earning a reputation as a bipartisan "voice of reason" and serving on several key Senate committees, including Appropriations; Armed Services; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Rules and Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Select Committee on Ethics. Senator Pryor began his public service career as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives before being elected Attorney General of Arkansas in 1998. At Venable, Senator Pryor currently leads the firm's Legislative and Government Affairs and State Attorneys General practice groups, where he counsels clients on a wide variety of issues at the intersection of law, policy, and business.