2011-2012 AIEA Presidential Fellows

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Dr. Danny Damron is the Director of the International Center at Utah Valley University, Utah’s largest undergraduate institution. Under Danny’s leadership, the International Center plays a key role in UVU’s internationalization efforts. The International Center has provided leadership in International Study Programs, International Student & Scholar Services, and Global Engagement initiatives. Recent Center initiatives include the Global Spotlight Country program, the Annual Utah International Higher Education Summit, and the New York Times Global Review.

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Dr. Cheryl Matherly is Vice Provost for Global Education and Applied Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Tulsa, where she has responsibility for the strategic leadership of the University’s plan for comprehensive internationalization. Dr. Matherly’ special area of interest is with the internationalization of science and engineering education, specifically as related to workforce development. She has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of New Mexico, an MS in Education from Indiana University, and an Ed.D. in Education from the University of Houston.

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Dr. Judith Pennywell is the Executive Director of International Programs at Purdue University Calumet. She oversees admissions, ESL, immigration, study abroad, cultural programming, partnerships and agreements. Judith has 19 years of experience in the fields of Student Affairs and International Education and has taught leadership and multicultural education courses. She earned a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. Judith studied abroad in Spain and South Africa and participated in a Fulbright program in South Korea and a faculty fellowship in Qatar. Judith, an active NAFSA member, most recently served on the Leadership Development Committee.

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Dr. David Schmidt serves as Vice-Provost for International Affairs at Middle Tennessee State University. Previously he served as Director of the Bechtel International Center at University of the Pacific, Director of University of Wisconsin System’s Institute for Global Studies and Fellowships Coordinator for Yale University’s Center for International and Area Studies. He has a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MA from Ohio State University and a BA from University of Wisconsin.