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Ohio University separates international programs from international studies

ATHENS, Ohio (April 27, 2006) -- On April 1, the offices of the Associate Provost for International Programs and Director of the Center for International Studies were separated. Drew McDaniel was appointed interim director of the Center for International Studies and stepped down from his position as director of Southeast Asian Studies. Josep Rota will continue to serve as associate provost for international programs and will move his office from Yamada International House to Cutler Hall.

Rota has served in the dual capacity of associate provost and center director for the past 10 years. As the size and complexity of international studies and programs have increased during that time, the workload has become excessive for one person to manage both offices. In addition, new responsibilities have been added to the portfolio of the associate provost as part of a restructuring of international programs and in response to the strategic planning process and some of the goals in Vision OHIO.

According to the values outlined in Vision OHIO, part of the mission of Ohio University is to contribute to students' global awareness. Increasingly, students will live in and contribute to a global society. The undergraduate and graduate experiences at Ohio University should provide students with a firm foundation for understanding and appreciating the implications of the shift to a global environment.

The new administrative structure will maintain a close working relationship between the two offices but will allow the center's director to focus entirely on the academic mission of the Center for International Studies, including its graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs, faculty relations, academic outreach, National Resource Center activities and grant-funded academic projects. The Office of the Associate Provost will concentrate on overseeing international agreements and international programs, coordination of international activities carried out by the colleges and other units, internationalization of the campus and the curriculum, the Fulbright program, protocol functions, management of various international partnerships and other programs, relations with various external agencies and organizations, and other administrative functions.

"The appointment of Drew McDaniel as interim director of the Center for International Studies responds to the need for building on the excellence that already exists in our international programs," Provost Kathy Krendl said. "Our international programs rank among some of the best in the nation. Drew's significant experience as director of Southeast Asian Studies makes him the perfect candidate to focus on enhancing excellence by working with the individual programs. Similarly, the progress that we have made in building the visibility and quality of these programs through Joe Rota's leadership has created new international opportunities for academic partnerships, student recruitment, alumni involvement, faculty engagement, and student experiences. The importance of focusing our identity in international activities emerged as a clear priority in the strategic planning process. This new organizational structure will help us reach our goals."

As part of this restructuring, the International Student and Faculty Services office now reports to the associate provost for international programs. The vice president for Student Affairs oversaw this office until recently. In addition, the associate provost has a closer working relationship with the Alumni office regarding international alumni activities, with the Center for International Business Education and Development in the College of Business, and with other international programs in the university.

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Media Contact: Assistant Director of Communication and Graduate Programming of the Center for International Studies Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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