FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A young man whose family left the violent turmoil of Iraq has become a campus leader at a southwest Ohio college with a fast-growing international student population.
Twenty-three-year-old Fady (FAY'-dee) Al-Banna (AHL'-Ban-nuh) is a senior, and the director of international affairs for student government at Wright State University. He is also on a dean of students advisory board.
New international students at Wright State increased by 42 percent last fall to 1,477.
Al-Banna says he enjoys the diversity of Wright State and appreciates the efforts to recruit students from other countries.
His family left Iraq in 2007 after his father had a harrowing escape when two men abducted him in his car at gunpoint. The family of four moved to Lebanon, and then to the United States in 2009.