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U of M associate vice president elected president of international education association

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Meredith McQuaid, the University of Minnesota’s associate vice president and dean for international programs, has been elected president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Her two-year term began on Jan. 1. With 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education. McQuaid will be the fourth University of Minnesota officer to lead the organization since it was founded in 1948.

“It is truly an honor to have been elected to serve the members and the association of NAFSA in advocating and promoting the importance of international education in creating a more peaceful and productive world. International education is one of the most significant avenues through which we can achieve mutual understanding and address global issues,” said McQuaid. “NAFSA serves its members and the global community through programs, policies and professional development of international educators all over the world. I look forward to working with our members and supporters to advance these initiatives further over the next two years.”

McQuaid has held the position of associate vice president and dean for international programs since 2006. As the senior international officer, she promotes the global dimensions of teaching, research and engagement across all colleges and campuses of the university.

“This appointment demonstrates that Dean McQuaid’s professional community holds her in the same high regard as we do within the University,” said Robert Jones, senior vice president for system academic administration. “It is a great honor for her to be chosen and a significant advantage for the University for her to serve in this capacity. The University has, for many years, been a leader in international education and NAFSA’s decision reflects that. I congratulate Dean McQuaid on her selection.”

Previously, McQuaid served at the University of Minnesota Law School as associate dean of administration and international programs (1995-2005) and director of international and graduate programs (1994-2006). McQuaid earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. Upon completion of her law degree, she practiced immigration and civil litigation in Minneapolis.

She currently serves on the board of directors for the Midwest University Consortium for International Activity (MUCIA) and the university’s Campus Club and has been a member of the Ambassadors Circle for Books for Africa for 2009-10. In 2006, she was awarded the University of Minnesota’s Award for Global Engagement, given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs in their field, discipline or the university.

Other University of Minnesota officials who have led NAFSA are Kay Thomas in 2000-01, Josef Mestenhauser in 1987-88, and Forrest Moore in 1958-59.

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Meredith McQuaid, the University of Minnesota’s associate vice president and dean for international programs, has been elected president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

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