Oct. 29, 2007
By Anita Martin
Catherine Marshall has been appointed director of the Office of Education Abroad.
She has served as interim director since July 1, 2006, succeeding longtime Director Connie Perdreau, who retired. Her appointment is retroactively effective to July 1, 2007.
Marshall earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in German at the University of Cincinnati. She taught German as a member of the Arizona State University faculty before moving to the Iowa State University to work as a study abroad program coordinator. In 2001, she joined Ohio University's Office of Education Abroad.
"We're really blossoming," Marshall said, listing four new education abroad programs this year and at least three more in the works. Among the new programs, the office has established a beginning language program in Japan, an art and ceramics program in Hungary, a music therapy and early childhood education program in Spain and an ecology program in Scandanavia.
"The vast majority of our students who study abroad go on Ohio University programs that are developed and often led by faculty," Marshall said. "Our amazing faculty and amazing departments really are the backbone of our international programming."
Recently, the Institute of International Education reported that during the 2004-05 academic year, Ohio University was 12th nationally in student participation in short-term study abroad programs.
Still, Marshall said, "we're always looking for ways to reach out to more students, let them know that the opportunities are there, that they can do it and how they can do it."
Marshall and her husband, Arthur Hughes, a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages who this year is directing the university's education abroad program in Toledo, Spain, have two sons, Kodjo, 7, and Papa Fritz, 4.
Story updated at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, to correct Marshall's employment history.