by President Margee Ensign


The Philadelphia Inquirer

(Op-ed) America is disastrously failing to educate internationally literate citizens

"“While it is easy to point fingers at Trump, the problem for America runs far deeper. The U.S. has been the world’s greatest superpower for many decades, but many of our citizens remain willfully ignorant of that world.”"

Huffington Post

What is a college endowment, and why should you care?

""The U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill contains a provision that will apply an excise tax to large college endowments. The provision is a stark illustration of how members of Congress just don’t understand endowments, the roles they play in higher education and the impact this tax will have on students and their hard-working families.""

Huffington Post

To Forge One from Many

"I know what life is like in a country roiled by violent extremists who use religion to turn neighbor against neighbor. I have seen communities and lives destroyed, futures twisted by hate and suffering born of mistrust, all to gain political ends. I have seen how the rhetoric of hatred leads to dead bodies in the street."

Huffington Post

Tax Reform Proposals Attack Colleges and Students

"As Congress wrestles with the tax reform, I along with other higher education leaders have been working diligently, contacting elected officials, and urging them to vote against a plan that would damage higher education in this country."


Keeping Nigerian youths from Boko Haram’s clutches

"If you’re not educated, you can be easily manipulated. If you can’t imagine your life is going to get better,” then you’re more at risk, the American educator says. The extremists “do provide some purpose, even though it’s an evil purpose."

Huffington Post

Communicating Across Cultures: The Missing Link

"The U.S. against the world. White nationalists versus the rest of the country. It’s a frightening and disheartening world."


Let’s Train ‘Extension Agents’ for the 21st Century

"American colleges and universities have been the foundation of innovation and social change since the establishment of the republic. But what are their primary roles and responsibilities now, at a time when government is dysfunctional, society is fractured, and both domestic and international problems seem increasingly daunting?"


Escape From Boko Haram

"Shortly before six o’clock in the morning on August 30, 2014, Margee Ensign, president of the American University of Nigeria, met with her security chief in the large house that she occupies on campus, in Yola, near the nation’s eastern border, in Adamawa State. The news was bad. The chief, Lionel Rawlins, had gone to get the half-dozen security guards that Ensign was counting on to help her with a daring rescue mission, but the guards were asleep, or perhaps pretending to be, and couldn’t, or wouldn’t, be roused."