Retirement of Fulbright Executive Director

Penny Egan CBE, who has been Executive Director of the UK-US Fulbright Commission since 2007, has announced her intention to retire at the end of 2018.

Penny said, “I have enjoyed nearly every minute of my time with the Commission, but all good things must come to an end and I have gone on working longer than I intended. It has been very rewarding to have been able to make a difference and greatly increase the number of Fulbright awards we offer whilst simultaneously introducing new and highly successful initiatives like the Sutton Trust US programme. I have felt wonderfully supported by the Commissioners I have worked with and, in particular, my four Chairmen. It has been a great privilege to have had this opportunity towards the end of my career.”

The Chairman of the Commission, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, commented, “Penny Egan has been an outstandingly successful, and universally liked and respected Director of the US-UK Fulbright programme for the last 11 years. Penny has been a champion of the cause of international education and has been a consistent innovator, broadening the programme, and creating a new set of partnerships with universities, sponsors and alumni on both sides of the Atlantic. Penny also forged a link with the Sutton Trust enabling underprivileged British students to take undergraduate degrees at top American universities – another example of her commitment to diversity and expanding young people’s horizons. The Commission extends its warm thanks to Penny for her service to Fulbright and the UK-US relationship and looks forward to working closely with her in her final busy months as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UK-US programme.”

The Commission will now begin the search for Penny’s successor.