Brad A. Gutierrez, PhD, recently left the Africa Center to assume the position of Director, International Policy and Relations, at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
According to Africa Center Academic Dean Monde Muyangwa, PhD, Dr. Gutierrez, who had been at the center for almost 18 months serving as the Academic Chair of Security Studies, “helped to carry forward the Africa Center mission.”
“I would especially like to thank Dr. Brad for his work on our Introduction to African Security Issues seminar, our African Defense Attaché program, and for his very strong contributions in support of the Africa Center’s outreach mission, both in Academic Affairs and the Directorate of Communications and Community Affairs,” Dr. Muyangwa said.
Explaining that Dr. Gutierrez made significant progress on several programs slated for fiscal year 2011, Dr. Muyangwa added: “We will miss his input and presence on those programs. In addition to his work as faculty lead on the before-mentioned Academic Affairs programs, Dr. Brad also contributed to other programs such as our revamped Senior Leaders Seminar, which we unveiled to much success in Portugal this year, and to the Civil-Military Relations Workshop.”
John Kelly, PhD, Associate Dean added: “Dr. Gutierrez will be solely missed as an integral part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s programs in Africa. Brad knows the continent like the back of his hand, from Kilimanjaro to the Niger Delta, and the Red Cross will be a great beneficiary of his knowledge.”
Dean Muyangwa pointed out that although Dr. Gutierrez was moving on, he expressed his interest in remaining connected to the Africa Center and of his desire to participate and contribute to our efforts whenever possible in the future.