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The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) elected Steven J. Uhlfelder of Tallahassee, Florida, for a third term as Chair at its quarterly meeting in Washington, DC on November 10, 2005. Shirley M. Green was elected by the Board to serve as Vice Chair.

Mr. Uhlfelder was appointed to the Fulbright Board by President George W. Bush in 2001. Mr. Uhlfelder is an attorney specializing in public and administrative law. In 2004, Mr. Uhlfelder was named by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as the Volunteer Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund. Mr. Uhlfelder also serves as Chair of the Governor's Mentoring Initiative for at-risk children in Florida's public schools and since its inception in 1999 has recruited over 200,000 volunteers. He served as Chair of the Florida Board of Regents and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Florida State University. He is a member of Florida's Century Commission which is responsible for developing a long-range growth management plan for the state.

Shirley M. Green was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Fulbright Board in 2003. Ms. Green has served in government at the federal and state levels. She was Director of Communications Services in the Office of Attorney General John Cornyn of the State of Texas. She also served as Director of Constituent Services and Correspondence for Governor George W. Bush. In Washington, she managed communications for democracy programs at the International Republican Institute of the National Endowment for Democracy. She served in the White House from 1989-1993 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Messages and Correspondence. At the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) she was Deputy Associate Administrator for Communications and Director of Public Affairs. She had previously served as deputy and acting press secretary for Vice President George Bush. Ms. Green was awarded the Exceptional Service Medal from NASA and was named one of 10 Outstanding Republican Women of Texas.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Currently operating in over 150 countries worldwide, more than 267,500 individuals have participated in the program since its inception. Approximately 3,400 students, 2,300 scholars, 500 teachers, and other professionals take part annually. They are among the more than 30,000 participants in professional, academic, and cultural exchanges carried out annually by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. The budget for fiscal year 2005 was approximately $158 million for the program.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board was established by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program and to select its participants. Appointed by the President of the United States, the twelve members of the Board meet quarterly in Washington, D.C. They come from academic, business, cultural, and public life. Information about the FSB, including biographical information about its members, is available at exchanges.state.gov/education/fulbright/ffsb.

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