Joel O. Nwagbaraocha
Dr. Joel Nwagbaraocha was born in what is today Limbe, Cameroon to Nigerian parents. One of eleven children, he was the “experimental guinea pig of the family” and sent to a variety of government and private schools, including a boarding school, to ensure he received a top education. This quest for an excellent education ultimately brought him to the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Diploma in Physics, and a Master's and Doctoral Degrees in education. He then used this education to shape and improve the education system itself.
Today, Dr. Nwagbaraocha lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, Patsy, who is also an educator. They have four adult children. Of his journey as an educator, he notes, “A fundamental lesson I learned is that higher education teaching and learning are essential human endeavors that result in further advancing civilization. It is crucial that this pursuit of excellence is unbounded by any such barriers as socioeconomic status, race, or creed.”