Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Dr. Bailian Li is the Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement at NC State University. As the Chief International Officer for the University, he provides leadership for the University’s overall mission of global engagement in research, education, and economic development. He works closely with the Provost, Vice Provosts and Deans, faculty and staff to promote global perspectives into all functions of teaching, research, extension and engagement and to strengthen NC State’s international presence in an ever-changing global society.
He has administrative oversight for the Office of Global Engagement, the umbrella organization with nine units that provide NC State University faculty, staff, students and communities with the international knowledge, cultural understanding, skills and experience they need to succeed in the global economy. Under his leadership, NC State has made significant progress for campus internationalization and won the Senator Paul Simon Award in 2014 for outstanding and innovative campus internationalization.
He is a professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources and previously served in various administrative positions at University of Minnesota and NC State University. He has extensive experience in developing effective international partnerships for student mobility, faculty research and joint academic exchanges. He has also been an active leader and served in various leadership positions in international education communities, research and academic societies and journal editorial boards.
Li received his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Forest University in Beijing, China. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from NC State.