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New ACB Members Join Esteemed Panel of Study Abroad Professionals

We’re pleased to introduce four new members of the CIEE Academic Consortium Board (ACB), recently ratified by the AC membership. From various regions and with differing backgrounds and perspectives, these accomplished professionals reflect the diverse group of institutions represented by the Academic Consortium. We look forward to collaborating with them and the rest of our talented ACB to ensure that every CIEE study abroad program meets the highest standards for academic quality, intercultural exchange, and safety.

The following new ACB members will attend the November ACB meeting and begin their terms on the 2015 ACB immediately thereafter:

Chris Deegan, Executive Director of Study Abroad, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chris began his work in international education more than 25 years ago as an academic director for a study abroad program in India. Since then, he has developed and administered study abroad programs and curricula in locations as diverse as Mongolia, Vietnam, India, Fiji, and Samoa. He holds a master’s degree in South Asian studies from the University of Hawaii (UH) Manoa. Chris also completed a joint doctoral fellowship at UH and the East-West Center in Honolulu.

Giorgio G. DiMauro, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Global Education and Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University
Giorgio oversees the development and implementation of study abroad programs and campus internationalization at Rutgers. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the department of Germanic, Russian, and East European languages and literatures. Giorgio’s previous positions include associate director of study abroad programs at Princeton University and associate director of the Office of International Programs at Harvard University. He holds a doctorate in Slavic languages and literatures from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in Russian literature from Reed College.

Mary E. McMahon, Ph.D., Director of Education Abroad, University of California
Mary oversees study abroad programs in partnership with more than 24 universities in 13 Asian and African countries. She previously held a variety of managerial positions at the University of California (UC) Santa-Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. She has a doctorate in education, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science from Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree in Asian studies from UC Berkeley. Mary also completed an intensive management development program at Harvard University.

Maxine J. Sample, Ph.D., Director of International Education, Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education, and English professor, Virginia State University
Under Maxine’s leadership, Virginia State University (VSU) has seen participation in study abroad programs rise by 300 percent. Previously, Maxine was an English professor and coordinator of Africana studies at VSU. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Emory University, a master’s degree in African-American studies and literature from Clark Atlanta University, and a bachelor’s degree in English education from The College of New Jersey.

Please join us in congratulating our new members and thanking our outgoing board members and the rest of our esteemed board for its tireless work and commitment to international education.