Professor Abegaz has built an impressive record of service over nearly thirty years at the College of William and Mary. He has served on, and sometimes chaired, a number of College and Arts and Sciences committees, including the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee; Educational Policy Committee; Faculty Affairs Committee; Faculty Assembly; Faculty Compensation Board; International Studies Committee; International Advisory Committee; Committee on Nominations and Elections; Committee on Retention, Promotion, and Tenure; Student Body Size Committee; and Study Abroad Committee. He has also served on the advisory committees for the programs in Africana Studies and in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies; as Academic Director for the Reves Center for International Studies; and on the search committee for the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Throughout his many contributions, Professor Abegaz has demonstrated a deep commitment to a system of governance with transparency and with shared responsibility through participatory decision-making. He was also responsible for shepherding the 2009 merger of the programs in Black Studies and African Studies into the current Africana Studies Program; and currently serves as a mentor in the Africana House, which he was instrumental in establishing, and as director of the Africana Studies Program.