Justin van Fleet to Speak at PSC's 112th Commencement Ceremony

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D., Chief of Staff to the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, will serve as Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s 112th commencement speaker. The graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 9, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Church-McKee Arts Center.

Justin van Fleet
Justin van Fleet, Ph.D.

He also serves on the advisory board of the Global Business Coalition for Education. He works with the UK children’s charity, Theirworld, founded by Sarah Brown and is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution. 

Dr. van Fleet graduated with his doctorate degree from the University of Maryland in International Education Policy and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in the same field. He’s originally from LaVale, Md., having graduated from Allegany High School and Frostburg State University where he studied International Studies and Spanish.

Dr. van Fleet has previously served as Deputy Chair for Education at the Clinton Global Initiative, as an Instructor at the University of Maryland and as Associate Director of the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Universal Education. He has consulted for various international and national organizations and foundations. 

He served on the Board of Trustees of Creative Minds International Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. from 2011-2015.

He has been published in dozens of publications and has made equally as many conference presentations on philanthropy, public-private partnerships, global citizenship, and education in developing countries.

Currently, Dr. van Fleet is working with the UN and global partners to ensure a place in school for the 58 million children worldwide denied the right to education and is supporting the "Up For School" campaign which aims to be the largest petition in history advocating for world leaders to deliver on the promise of the right to education.