International Education Leadership (IEL)

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Open Meeting: Senior International Officers from Research-Intensive Institutions

Thursday, June 1
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
LACC, Room 303AB

Join senior international officers and internationalization leaders, including those from colleges or schools within a university, to address challenges and share strategic insights about internationalization at research-intensive institution.

Victoria Jones

Chief Global Affairs Officer
University of California-Irvine

Victoria Jones, Ph.D.
Victoria Jones is the Chief Global Affairs Officer the University of California, Irvine. She was previously the senior international officer at Seattle University in Washington state and before that headed international relations for the colleges of business at the University of Texas at San Antonio and in Brazil at the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas. Dr. Jones has been an Associate Professor of Marketing, teaching and researching in the areas of international business and management. She is President-elect of the Business Association for Latin American Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California. Dr. Jones was born in California and raised in Hawaii. Besides her academic career, she has worked in the arts, in public relations, and was, for a short time, a radio disk jockey.


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Downing Thomas

Associate Provost & Dean
University of Iowa International Programs

Thomas has been Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs at the University of Iowa since July, 2008. He has also served as Associate Dean of International Programs and Chair of the Department of French and Italian. In 2005, Thomas was named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques (Knight in the Order of Academic Palms) by the French government. In 2007, Thomas was elected President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Language. In 2013, he was named Honorary Professor at Hebei Normal University. Thomas has delivered invited lectures at University of Virginia, NYU, University of California-Berkeley, and Stanford University, among others. Under his leadership, the University of Iowa was selected to receive the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for comprehensive internationalization.


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