Lankan-origin Dr Gabriel on White House Fellowships Commission
US President Joe Biden has appointed Dr. George E. Gabriel to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Dr. Gabriel is originally from Sri Lanka and studied at the University of Kelaniya before immigrating to the US. He is one of the 22 members of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.
The Commission is composed of outstanding citizens who reflect the diversity and strength of America while representing a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and professions. Commissioners are responsible for recommending a group of candidates to the President for selection as White House Fellows, a prestigious programme for leadership and public service that provides young Americans experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Dr. Gabriel is a lifelong educator and researcher with over 40 years of demonstrated experience on two continents. He has a strong belief that higher education is the primary tool for socio-economic mobility with equity at the heart of the mobility agenda. Dr. Gabriel is a first-generation college graduate and an immigrant to the United States who obtained his doctorate at Vanderbilt University as a Fulbright Scholar.
He has spent over a quarter century as a researcher and administrator at two large community colleges. His focus has been on student success in community colleges with the specific goal to narrow achievement gaps in student outcomes by implementing innovative practices.