Dr. Ahmed Agyeman Named New Director of Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Posted 5/6/2021
  • Dr. Agyeman (above) has served in multiple roles at DMACC, most recently as the College's Director for Community and Global Engagement.

  • Dr. Agyeman began his post-secondary education at DMACC after arriving in the United States from Ghana.

  • ​Dr. Agyeman serves on numerous boards in Iowa, including the Iowa International Center, Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, Urban Dreams, Polk County Early Childhood Iowa and Advisory Group for the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

Dr. Ahmed Agyeman has been named the new Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families. Dr. Agyeman, who is currently the Director for Community and Global Engagement at DMACC, will begin his new job on June 21.

The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families is a partnership between DMACC, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and The Directors Council.

​“We are excited to welcome Dr. Ahmed Agyeman as the Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families," said DMACC Urban Campus Provost Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens. “He has served DMACC and our communities in numerous capacities, and we are extremely fortunate to have him provide leadership of the Center."

Dr. Agyeman, of Polk City, has served in multiple roles at DMACC since April 2004. In his most recent role, he led the College's effort to strengthen its commitment to DMACC's underserved communities, as well as improving as an inclusive college and community.

Previously, he also served as the Associate Director for DMACC Career Advantage, where he led the operations at the DMACC Southridge Center. Other roles Dr. Agyeman has held at DMACC include Advisor and Lead Advisor for the district.

Before coming to DMACC, Dr. Agyeman served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Drake University, Financial Aid Advisor at Iowa State University and Family Services Worker with Olmsted County, Rochester, Minn., where he provided case management services for refugees from Southeast Asia and North Central Africa.

Dr. Agyeman started his post-secondary education at DMACC after arriving in the United States from his native Ghana before transferring to Iowa State University (ISU), where he received a bachelor's degree in Sociology with minors in Political Science, Criminal Justice and Family Resource Management. 

He also hold a Master's degree ('00) and Ph.D. ('17) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with a Higher Education/Community College Emphasis, from ISU.

In the community, Dr. Agyeman serves on the boards of The Iowa International Center, Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, Urban Dreams (Secretary), Polk County Early Childhood Iowa (Vice Chair), Advisory Group for the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. 

Joy Esposito was named as the Interim Director at the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families and will remain in that role from now through June 21. Dr. Howsare Boyens said Esposito and Dr. Agyeman will be working together to ensure a smooth transition. 

To learn more about the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, visit evelynkdaviscenter.org.


For more information, contact: Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens,​ ​amhowsare@dmacc.edu, or Dr. Ahmed Agyeman, akagyeman@dmacc.edu​​​​, (515) 360-2541

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