Transitions in the Office of International Affairs


TO: Vice Chancellors, Deans, Vice Provosts and Academic Department Heads

FROM: Warwick Arden, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

SUBJECT: Transitions in the Office of International Affairs

DATE: June 13, 2017

NC State’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), home to the university’s international programs and services, brings global insight to our campus and connects us with partners around the world who share our innovative approach to teaching, research and service. Under Vice Provost Bailian Li’s leadership, OIA has strengthened NC State’s global engagement via new strategic partnerships, increased student experiences abroad, on-campus programming, and collaboration with faculty to advance international research and program development.

Chancellor Woodson and I recognize OIA’s central role as NC State’s gateway to the world and the growing importance of equipping faculty and students with the international knowledge, cultural understanding, skills and experience necessary to succeed in today’s global economy. In the new fiscal year, you will see a number of changes intended to better position NC State for increased global engagement and collaboration in alignment with the university’s strategic plan.

  • Office of Global Engagement: OIA will become the Office of Global Engagement. This change is effective July 1, but it will take some time to transition the name in campus systems, on websites and on printed materials.
  • Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement: Effective July 1, Bailian Li will become the Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement and begin reporting directly to me. Senior Vice Provost for Academic Strategy and Resource Management Duane Larick, to whom Bailian currently reports, will continue to stay engaged with Bailian and his unit.
  • Move to Primrose Hall: The Office of Global Engagement will move into Primrose Hall once renovations are completed in late fall. This move will place the office in a more prominent location on campus and allow it to serve as a gateway center for international visitors to NC State. Please note that the move will only impact the main office for the unit; other unit offices will remain in their current locations.
  • NC State European Center in Prague: The Prague Institute will shift management from the College of Design to the Office of Global Engagement, becoming the NC State European Center in Prague (NC State Prague), effective July 1. Peter Kjaer will remain director of the center and Art Rice from the College of Design will continue to work closely with the program.
  • Other Staff Transitions: With the addition of NC State Prague and an enhanced global role on campus, a few other staff changes will become effective July 1. Communications Specialist Megan Winzeler will become the Associate Director of NC State Prague, serving primarily on campus in Raleigh, Senior Associate Director of Study Abroad Kim Priebe will become Director of Study Abroad, and Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs Ingrid Schmidt will move into a new role focusing on global internship and scholarship development.

I encourage you to reach out to me or Bailian Li ( if you have any questions about these changes. Thank you for ongoing support of NC State’s global engagement efforts.


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