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Lutabingwa named associate vice chancellor for international programs

BOONE—Dr. Jesse L. Lutabingwa has been named associate vice chancellor for international programs at Appalachian State University. He begins his new duties in July.

Lutabingwa (pronounced Loot-uh-BING-wah) most recently was assistant vice president for international education and development at Florida A&M University (FAMU).

He also served as an associate professor of public administration and associate director for international programs at FAMU.

Lutabingwa holds a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Jackson State University, a master’s degree from the School for International Training in Vermont and a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in Iowa.

“Dr. Lutabingwa has more than 20 years’ experience in international education and development,” said Provost Stan Aeschleman. “His leadership experience, his success in program development and grant writing, and his work to implement international programs at FAMU will help Appalachian expand its strong offerings in international education.”

Lutabingwa replaces Dr. Marv Williamsen who is stepping down from his position as associate vice chancellor for international programs at the end of June to return to teaching.

“During Dr. Williamsen’s 13 years as head of the university’s international studies program, he helped forge relationships with dozens of international universities, providing our students and faculty with a global view of politics, business, culture and the interconnected world in which they live,” said Aeschleman. “The university community has benefited greatly from his tireless efforts to develop these international partnerships.”

Nina Jo Moore, chair of the search committee, said committee members were impressed with Lutabingwa’s desire to internationalize the campus and curriculum, his on-going record of scholarly publications, and breadth of experience and familiarity with many regions of the world.

“The search committee is very pleased that Dr. Lutabingwa has accepted this important position on our campus,” she said. “He will be a perfect person to carry forth the fine work that has already been accomplished in the area of international programs on campus and take us forward to even greater achievements.”