International Education Leadership


Comprehensive Internationalization: Pillars of Success

Wednesday, June 1
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Room: CCC, 601/603

Gain insights from senior campus leaders on their approach to comprehensive internationalization. Presenters will focus on the six pillars identified by the American Council on Education and deemed necessary for a campus to be truly internationalized.

Learning Objectives:

Sukant Misra

Associate Vice Provost
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

As the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs at Texas Tech university, Dr. Misra is responsible for the oversight of the functions of the divisions of International Education and Enrollment Management (international recruitment, international undergraduate admissions, international student life, sponsored students, and study abroad), International Student and Scholar Services, International Research and Development, and International Outreach and Operations. Previous to that, he served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) from 2002 to 2014. Misra has experience in managing and coordinating many large, faculty-driven, research programs and international initiatives and has many contacts at international institutions, including leading universities in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Romania, Tajikistan, and Turkey. Misra has visited 24 countries and has worked closely with faculty and administration of many international institutions.


Steven Hanson

Associate Provost and Dean
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Steven Hanson is associate provost and dean of International Studies and Programs (ISP). In this role, Hanson leads MSU’s international programming efforts, including multidisciplinary and multicollege research and strategic partnerships with higher education institutions abroad. In collaboration with ISP faculty and staff, Hanson guides research and activities that will positively impact critical global issues, particularly those related to food, health, environment, and education. Hanson oversees the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, Tanzania Partnership Program and the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
Dr. Hanson previously served ISP as interim dean from 2013-2014 and assistant dean from 2009-2013. As assistant dean, he helped established MSU’s Office of International Research and Collaboration, which assists faculty in developing multidisciplinary proposals.
Dr. Hanson joined MSU in 1988 in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE). From 2003-2014, he served as Chair of AFRE, providing leadership to one of the most productive and highly ranked departments in the country. During his time as chairperson, the department built core strengths around integrated research, teaching and outreach programs in agri-food systems and bio-economy, global food systems and international development, environmental and natural resources, and regional development and strategic growth. The department also doubled faculty publications in agricultural economics and economic journals, while also tripling enrollment in undergraduate programs. Dr. Hanson led efforts to diversify the department’s undergraduate programs and nearly tripled external funding support for graduate students.
Dr. Hanson’s research focuses on risk management with financial contracts and the valuation of financial contracts and assets, such as land. He has taught graduate and undergraduate financial economics and management courses and his work has been published in leading journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and the Journal of Empirical Finance.
Hanson serves on the board of directors for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities. He has served as Chair of the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators and is a Fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute.
Dr. Hanson received his PhD in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.


Harvey Kesselman

Stockton University
Galloway, New Jersey

Harvey Kesselman is the President of Stockton University. He has more than 35 years of experience in higher education and is a tenured Professor in Stockton’s School of Education.

As Stockton's fifth President, Dr. Kesselman is responsible for the executive management of the University's administrative divisions, academic schools, supervisory departments, and instructional sites. President Kesselman oversees a $228 million budget which serves 1200 faculty and staff and supports 8700 students enrolled in Stockton's 40 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs.

President Kesselman’s other leadership roles at Stockton have included: Provost and Executive Vice President, Dean of Education, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

Dr. Kesselman is involved in many national and state academic organizations. He presents at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). He serves as a reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). On the state level, he serves as a member of New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU), Board of Directors of New Jersey Campus Compact, and senior public college representative of the New Jersey Higher Education Leadership Team (HELT).

Previously, Dr. Kesselman was appointed by New Jersey State officials to numerous committees and task forces including the Governor's Task Force to improve the STARS program, Student Unit Record Enrollment (SURE) data and monitoring system and Executive Committee of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), overseeing New Jersey's $1 billion student financial aid program. In addition, Dr. Kesselman has served on many national grant reviews, authored and promoted policies for legislation, maintains a strong record of successful grant preparation, and continues to serve as a consultant.


Allen Levine

Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Minneapolis, MN

Allen Levine is a Professor of Food Science and Nutrition and Liaison for Special Initiatives in the Provost’s Office at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his current position he was Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. He was the Associate Director of Research and a Senior Career Scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for 26 years. He also founded the NIDDK-funded Minnesota Obesity Center and was its director for 20 years (1995-2015).

Dr. Levine’s research focus for the past 35 years has been on the neural regulation of food intake, particularly related to the opioid peptides, oxytocin and Neuropeptide Y. He and his colleagues have published extensively on the brain circuitry involved in the rewarding properties of foods. He has published 300 scientific papers and over 100 review articles, editorials and book reviews. His current career H index is 78 (google scholar). He has received four major awards for his research efforts: one from the American Institute of Nutrition (Mead Johnson Award) one from the American College of Nutrition (Grace A. Goldsmith Award) and one from American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow). He is also a fellow in the Obesity Society, the American Psychological Association and the American Society for Nutrition.



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