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Dr. Abdullah has worked in the field of higher education for more than 17 years and has worked in a number of capacities related to diversity, leadership development, program management, strategic planning, and many other areas.

Dr. Abdullah’s passion for student success and higher education comes from his range of experiences in higher education as both a student and an administrator.

As an undergraduate student at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio Shakeer took full advantage of all the opportunities that Witt had to offer.  He was a four-year letter man on a football team that won 3 conference championships and only lost four games in four years.  In addition to football, Shakeer joined a fraternity, served as the president of the Black student union, co-founded the school’s unity march, served on the campus programming committee, acted in the experimental theater troupe and much more.

All of these experiences inspired him to work in higher education, first in admissions, and progressively in additional leadership positions in higher education.  Along the way Dr. Abdullah has actively served his communities and earned a Master’s degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a PhD from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  In addition to Dr. Abdullah’s degrees, he has also studied abroad in, England, Egypt, and Malawi in addition to spending time in more than a dozen other countries.

All of these experiences have helped influence Dr. Abdullah’s global understanding and have helped make him an authority on preparing people for success in a multicultural and international context.