Bioengineering Associate Professor Dan Fletcher is on sabbatical for the 2008-2009 school year – but he won’t be hiding in a laboratory. Dan is living the high life in Washington, D.C. as one of 14 White House Fellows.
Fellows are selected by a President’s Commission to participate in America’s most prestigious fellowship program for leadership development and public service and includes a highly distinguished group of men and women exemplifying a diverse cross-section of professions including medicine, education, business, and science technology.
Fellows participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with leaders from the private and public sectors and study trips to examine U.S. policy in action. Following the Fellowship year, they repay the privilege by contributing to the country as better national leaders and public servants. Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement, evidence of leadership skills, a strong commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government. The program has fostered leaders in many fields, including Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, former CNN President Tom Johnson, United Nations Foundation President and Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth, former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe Wesley K. Clark, U.S. Senator Samuel Brownback, and U.S. Representative Joe L. Barton.