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Provost announces administrative changes

Mary Ann Swain, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced changes at the administrative level prompted by H. Stephen Straight’s return to the faculty. The changes become effective July 1.

Straight has served as vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs since 1999. A linguist, he will return full time to the Department of Anthropology, where he has been a faculty member since 1970, and also hold the title of senior adviser for international initiatives, advising the Office of International Programs.

“I am pleased that Steve has agreed to this new role. His knowledge and expertise are important to our efforts to build upon the strong programs that he and Dr. (Katharine) Krebs have fostered in the past,” Swain said.

Krebs will assume the duties of vice provost for international affairs, retaining her position as director of international programs. As a result of the consolidation of the two positions, Krebs will have direct oversight of the Languages Across the Curriculum program, the Global Studies minor, joint-degree programs, study abroad and exchange programs.

Internationalization remains a strong component of the University’s strategic plan and these administrative changes will continue to advance those initiatives.

“The demand for international experiences remains steady on campus,” Swain said. “Katharine’s experience with our students and campus have prepared her well to step into a stronger leadership role for us.”

Krebs plans to maintain specified hours at each office and looks forward to the challenge.

“We have secured a strong foundation across all the areas of activity in international programs and have a moment now to take stock and assess where we are,” she said. “I’ve been very involved in the development of new partnerships and programs and the ways they connect to the curriculum, student development and other areas of the University’s mission.”

Faculty relationships are vital to the success of international program efforts, said Krebs, who plans to develop them further.

“What we do in international education factors into what they do,” she said. “We’ll rely on faculty, as well as the International Education Advisory Committee, for advice and ask faculty to take on a reasonable amount of responsibility for program oversight and accountability.”

Krebs will continue to work on new partnerships. Several in the works include a pilot cooperative, fast-track program with the University of Monterey in Mexico to allow students to earn an MS in engineering, MBA or possibly an MPA; a traditional exchange program with the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands centering on the Faculty of Economics and University College (an honors college) with all instruction in English; and a brand-new, intensive Arabic language summer program with a private university in Egypt — Delta University.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08