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Lewandoski joins Appalachian’s Office of International Education and Development

Lewandowski_t.jpgBOONE—Kenneth Lewandoski has been named executive director of Appalachian State University’s Office of International Education and Development and director of International Student Exchange and Study Abroad.  He will begin his appointment March 15, 2011.

With more than 20 years experience in international education, Lewandoski comes to Appalachian from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City where he currently serves as director of international studies and programs.

Prior to his tenure at John Jay College, Lewandoski was director of off-campus study/international programs at Colgate University.  He also has served as assistant area director of Central Germany and field representative in Sinop (Turkey) for the European Division of the University of Maryland.  He has lived and worked in the several countries including Turkey, Germany, Italy and Greece.  He has also traveled extensively around the world.

Lewandoski is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has a Master of Arts degree in English and a BA degree in English, both from Florida State University.

“I am very excited about the appointment of Ken Lewandoski as our new executive director of the Office of International Education and Development and director of International Student Exchange and Study Abroad at Appalachian,” said Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for international education and development.  “He brings experience and a high energy level and enthusiasm to this position.  He also brings fresh ideas on how we can work collaboratively with academic departments to develop programs that will send more students abroad for a semester or longer.  I am particularly impressed with his interest and work on examining the correlation between education abroad and graduation rates. This is exactly the direction we are going to be moving in the future.  Mr. Lewandoski will be a good addition to our team as we seek to increase the number of Appalachian students who are studying abroad for a semester or a year.”

While at John Jay College, Lewandoski laid the groundwork for a comprehensive internationalization plan, launched the college’s first faculty-led study abroad programs, and developed strategies for internationalizing the curriculum more broadly.

At Colgate, participation in off-campus study increased by 40 percent during his tenure through a combination of revamping older programs, developing new ones, establishing new models of international study and more aggressive recruiting of both faculty and students. In 2005, the off-campus programs at Colgate were recognized with the Paul Simon Internationalizing the Campus Award by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Lewandoski believes that international education is most successful when it is grounded in curricula and the supporting structures that permit students and faculty to succeed and grow within those curricula. “Appalachian is well positioned to take international education in new and exciting directions,” Lewandoski said. “I am very pleased to be joining the team in the Office of International Education and Development—and the entire Appalachian community—in this endeavor and at this time.”

Lewandoski replaces Nancy Wells who resigned in September to pursue other opportunities.

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