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Neisler Named Vice Provost for International Affairs

I’m pleased to tell you that Gretchen Neisler will be our new vice provost for international affairs. She will begin August 15.

Gretchen comes to us from Michigan State University, where she has been the director of the Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She previously worked in administration at Albion College and has an international portfolio that includes work across the Middle East, East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science, a master’s degree in agriculture extension education, and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from Michigan State University.

Reporting to the provost and senior vice chancellor, the vice provost is the chief international officer of our university and works closely with the university community to lead the development of our strategic international agenda.

The vice provost oversees the Center for International Education, including International Partnerships and Exchanges, Programs Abroad, International Support Services, the International House, the English Language Institute, and the Confucius Institute.

I want to thank the entire search committee and Masood Parang, professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering and associate dean of academic and student affairs in the Tickle College of Engineering, who chaired this search.

Please join me in welcoming Gretchen to UT.

John Zomchick
Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor