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Elizabeth Essamuah-Quansah, director of Auburn University Outreach Global, was honored with the Emerging Continuing Education Leader Award at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s 2019 South Regional Conference in Orlando.

Essamuah-Quansah received the award for her innovative global outreach programs for faculty, students and staff. Outreach Global is a unit under University Outreach.

“In her four years at the university, she has significantly expanded University Outreach’s initial international program initiative into a full-fledged divisional office with an impressive array of continuing education and outreach programming,” noted Royrickers Cook, vice president for University Outreach. “Dr. Essamuah-Quansah’s energy, enthusiasm and vision for adult and continuing education, has driven global program expansion over four continents—and growing.”

As director, Essamuah-Quansah oversees an extensive body of training exchanges and continuing educational programs between Outreach Global and academic departments, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as educational institutions and governmental agencies across several countries in Africa, Central and South America and Asia. 

Leslie Cordie, assistant professor in the College of Education, nominated Essamuah-Quansah and worked with others domestically and internationally throughout the award process.

“Elizabeth has made a difference at Auburn University,” said Cordie. “She exemplifies the mission of University Outreach, and has positively influenced people from across the world. Her leadership, knowledge, willingness to dive into new projects and dedication to our university and the global community made her an outstanding nominee for the Emerging Continuing Education Leader.”