From Illinois Business Journal news services
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Mary Weishaar, PhD and associate dean in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, has been named the executive director of International Affairs.
As executive director, Weishaar (left) will provide university-wide leadership for all activities and initiatives that support the advancement of SIUE’s global mission. She will report directly to the provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Parviz Ansari.
Weishaar’s new role was effective July 15.
“I am excited about working with talented staff and faculty who share my enthusiasm for internationalization. I am a student-centered leader and will listen, discuss, provide leadership and develop consensus on difficult issues,” she said.
Weishaar’s responsibilities will include strengthening SIUE’s study abroad program, promoting global industrial and scholarly partnerships and supervising international student services such as immigration matters, advising and cultural advancements.
“Students are most successful if they are able to engage in international experiential learning and work with people from different cultures,” Weishaar said.
Weishaar’s international experience includes participation in the development of the International Training Program in Pedagogy at SIUE, receipt of a Fulbright Scholar Award, the authoring of several publications, and extensive research and service learning activities.