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Passing the Baton at Fulbright Austria

Fulbright Austria is pleased to announce the appointment of its new executive director, Dr. Hermann Agis, who will assume his position on August 1.  Current executive director Dr. Lonnie R. Johnson will retire on September 30, after over 20 years of exceptional service. 

“From my personal experience, I know how inspiring and life-changing a research fellowship in the United States of America is. It is a great honor and privilege to create these opportunities for others as part of the Fulbright community. I will do my best to continue the successful work of Fulbright Austria to lead it into a bright future.” – Dr. Agis

“The diverse and robust nature of Fulbright Austria’s programs reflects the fine network of committed associates, institutional partners, alumni, and friends that Fulbright Austria is proud and fortunate to have on both sides of the Atlantic.” – Dr. Johnson

Dr. Hermann Agis received his master's degree in biotechnology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and successfully finished his PhD at the Medical University of Vienna. From 2013 to 2014, he pursued a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He returned to the University Clinic of Dentistry, Medical University of Vienna, where he obtained his habilitation and became associate professor. Since the beginning of his career he has been committed to promoting young scientists and scholars, a vision which he will follow in his new function as executive director of Fulbright Austria.

Dr. Lonnie R. Johnson, a native of Minnesota, graduated from St. John’s University with a BA in the humanities. He then studied philosophy and history at the University of Vienna, where he completed his doctorate in 1983. He has over forty years of experience in international education and held positions at IES Abroad Vienna, the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), and the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) before becoming executive director of Fulbright Austria in 1997.  He is recognized in the European and global Fulbright communities for the active leadership role he has played throughout his career. In 2011, Dr. Johnson was awarded the Cross of Honor for Science and Art 1st Class to acknowledge his scholarship and contributions to the promotion of educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Austria.

Fulbright Austria is the premier academic exchange program between the United States of America and the Republic of Austria. For nearly 70 years, the Fulbright Program in Austria has been encouraging mutual understanding between the peoples of both countries. The academic exchange program has provided countless opportunities for US and Austrian students and scholars to further their education and conduct scholarly research.