The Academy works closely with distinguished faculty across disciplines and key leaders in the areas of politics, business, science, engineering, and international relations.

Kurt Dirks

McDonnell Academy Leadership

Kurt Dirks

Vice Chancellor for International Affairs and Director

For the last 15 years, the McDonnell Academy has sought to make a better world in two ways: advance collaborative research and education by developing strong relationships with leading universities and faculty from across the world, and help scholars from around the world develop as leaders with a global perspective.

Will you join us on this mission?  Meet Kurt Dirks

External Advisory Council

The McDonnell Academy has a council of leaders to advise the McDonnell Academy on programming initiatives and on developing partnerships with research universities in other countries.

David L. Morse
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Corning Incorporated
David P. Conner
Retired CEO of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation
Steve Degnan
Chief Human Resources Officer
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
John B. Emerson
Chairman, American Council on Germany
Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Greg Hyslop
Chief Technology Officer
The Boeing Company
Senior Vice President
Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology
Ganesh M. Kishore
Managing Partner
Spruce Capital Partners LLC
Alexander C. Lo
Executive Director
Great Eagle Holdings Company
John F. McDonnell
Retired Chairman of the Board
McDonnell Douglas Corporation
Grace Song Park
L. Cartan Sumner, Jr.
Vice President, International Operations
Centene Corporation
Raymond Ting
Credit Venture Partners
Ty Vaughn
Senior Vice President & Head of Regulatory Science
Bayer Crop Science
Mark S. Wrighton
Chancellor Emeritus
Washington University in St. Louis
Lewis Yang
Executive Director and General Manager
China Risun Group (Hong Kong) Limited
Jean Allman (l), McDonnell Ambassador to University of Ghana during Welcome Dinner for McDonnell Scholars.

McDonnell Ambassadors

The McDonnell Academy Ambassadors are distinguished faculty who mentor Scholars and promote the development of international cooperation among partner universities and sponsoring corporations.

Ambassadors play a key role in every aspect of the McDonnell Academy, from recruiting new Scholars to creating and facilitating international collaborations with McDonnell Academy partners.

Meet our Team