Grambling State public administration professor receives recognition

Dr. Mahdi Abbas El-Baghadadi, a public administration professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, has been included in the 10th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for the year of 2005/2006. Dr. El-Baghadad has been selected a number of times in the pass. The selection is based on making a difference in the life of a former student. Who’s Who is the only publication dedicated exclusively to the recognization of premier teachers. "I am honored, privileged, humbled and motivated by the inclusion in such a presiteges organization," said El-Baghdadi. "To share my knowledge, skills, and abilities with the wonderful students I am always fortunate to interact with, is a privilage," expressed El-Baghdadi. The professor said he certainly feel satisfied when he can excel in his performance and be able to contribute to the promotion of the needs and interests of others. "I beleive that serving others is a requirement. We are all ordained to exert the efforts to contribute to the betterment of humankind in order to gain the blessings of Almighty God," said El-Baghdadi. El-Baghdadi was recognized as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the Political Science and Public Administration Department at Grambling State University from 1991-1995. He was also selected as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the former College of Liberal Arts in 1994-95 and 2005. The honored professor began his 17 year tenure at Grambling in 1988. El-Baghdadi participated in the project sponsored by the American Society of International law to draft volume one and two of the Basic Documents of International Economic Law published by the Commerce Clearing House in Chicago in 1990. He served as a member of the adjunct facutly in the department of social sciences at Louisiana Tech from 1990-1992. He has also been an adjunct professor at Central Michigan University Extended Program since 1990. El-Baghdadi received his bacholor of arts degree in international relations from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. in 1958 after receiving a full scholarship in 1955. He continued his education at the University of Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela earning certificates in international finance and in the economics of petroleum. From 1959-1975, El-Baghdadi served as a career foreign service officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq. He was an intern at the U.N. headquarters in New York in 1957 and worked with the then-U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammershold. In 1982, El-Baghdadi received his masters degree in public administration and international relations from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and was recognized for his superior achievement. His Ph.D was received from the University of Pittsburgh graduate school in 1986 after receiving a graduate fellowship. The professor has had several publications to his creadit. "The developing countries and their endeavors to eastablish the New International Economic Order," World Competition, was published in March of 1998. He coauthored the book, "Global Commodity Price Stabilization: Implications for World Trade and Development published by Quorum Books: An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Company, Inc., Connecticut, 1995. Other publications are "The Seabed’s Mineral resources and the Conditions Affecting the Regime to regulate their Exploitation." published in the Journal of World Trade, Vol. 26, number 3 in June 1992. He also published "The Binding Nature of the Disputes Settlement Procedure in the Third U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea: The International Seabed Authority, in the Journal of Mineral Law and Policy, Vol. 6 number 2 in 1990-1991.