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Li named as interim executive director of the Center for International Studies

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Ming Li as interim executive director of the Center for International Studies. Li’s term will begin immediately.

Li will serve in an interim capacity while the University conducts a national search for a replacement for Daniel Weiner who served as executive director since 2008. Weiner accepted a position as vice provost for international affairs at the University of Connecticut.

Benoit indicated that Li was chosen for interim position because of his extensive international experience, his successful tenure as the leader of a large academic program, and his experience as an acting associate dean during the restructuring of the College of Health and Human Services.

"Dr. Li is known around the world for his leadership of the University’s sports administration program," said Benoit. "He is also known around the University for being a creative, smart and collegial administrator. I am confident that he will work well with all of the constituencies that contribute to the university’s remarkable international work."

From 2002-2010, Li, who holds the rank of professor, served as director of the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services. In 2009-2010, he also performed the responsibilities of acting associate dean for academic affairs in the college as it was undergoing academic restructuring. From 2010-2012, Li was the chair of the Department of Sports Administration following its move to the College of Business.

In 2012, SportBusiness International named the Master of Sports Administration program as the world’s best postgraduate sports program.

Li has a B.Ed. from Guangzhou Sport University, a M.Ed. from Hangzhou University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Kansas. He has published and presented actively on issues relating to outsourcing sport marketing, globalization of sport and the organizational effectiveness of university athletic departments.

In reflecting on his appointment Li indicated that he looks forward to working with the broad array of issues that allow the university’s global efforts to be successful.

"The Center for International Studies offers high quality and interdisciplinary academic programs," said Li. "I am pleased and honored to be a part of such a great organization and look forward to working with the faculty and staff of the center to advance global education at Ohio University."

In his interim role, Li will oversee an active and wide-ranging unit. The Center for International Studies houses a number of graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary programs, degrees and initiatives. It also includes University-wide academic support services such as Education Abroad and International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS). Until May, ISFS was part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. It now resides in the center.

In addition to his work with faculty, staff and students connected to the center, Li will serve as the chair of the Senior International Management Team, which helps to coordinate the institution’s international initiatives in areas such as enrollment, fundraising, and service projects. He also will work closely with the University International Council as it works to facilitate global education efforts.