Prof Margee Ensign Profile: The Newly Appointed Vice Chancellor For USIU-Africa

The United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) recently confirmed the appointment of Professor Margee Ensign as the new Vice-Chancellor effective September 1st.

Ensign will be taking over from the USIU-Africa Interim Vice Chancellor Freida Brown. She currently serves as the President of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, where she served as President from 2010 to 2017.

“Prof. Ensign will work in close alignment with the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and other members of the Management Board, to oversee a broad spectrum of activities including the five academic schools, student affairs, admissions,
registration, library, faculty development, information technology, operations, and the implementation of the 2021-2026 strategic plan,” read a letter of introduction signed by USIU-Africa University Council Chairperson Kris Ole-Senanu.

She was requested to return to AUN in 2021, assuming the position of Vice-Chancellor (or President) of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 2017 to 2021.

Prior to her AUN Vice Chancellorship, Ensign was Associate Provost for International Initiatives, Dean and Professor. She has also held administrative and faculty positions at Columbia and Tulane Universities.

Prof Ensign was born on 3rd October, 1954, in Los Angeles, California.


Prof. Margee began her academic and administrative career at Columbia University in New York City as an Assistant Professor of Politics and Economy and Director of the International Political Economy Program, 1984 to 1989. She later moved to other colleges and universities in America to serve as a professor.
Moving To Nigeria
In 2010, she moved to Yola Nigeria to become the 3rd President of the American University of Nigeria. While in Yola, she oversaw the building of infrastructure including a library, conference center, graduation and events hall, administration building, and student and faculty housing, among many more.

USIU-Africa began its search for a new vice chancellor in November last year, after the exit of former VC Prof. Paul Zeleza, whose tenure was characterised by a clash with lecturers over salary cuts. The search was conducted through a United Kingdom-based recruitment firm, Oxford HR.