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 Director of International Programs


With the advent of Georgia Southwestern’s Quality Enhancement Plan, “Windows to the World,” efforts to nurture a global campus culture are now a priority. Some of those efforts include globalized classroom curricula, expanding education abroad opportunities, developing international student and scholar support services, and ultimately, the creation of a new position responsible for all international programs. Dr. Sarah Speir filled the role as the new director of International Programs over the summer.

Previously, she served as director of International Outreach at Appalachian State from 2007 to 2013. There, she led programming initiatives to promote intercultural competency through co-curricular programs, trainings and workshops. 

From 2003-2007, Speir was director of International Student and Scholar Services at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., within the Center for International Studies.  In this role, she worked with a staff of three with responsibility for serving 900 international (non-immigrant student visa) students.

Under Speir’s leadership, International Education at Georgia Southwestern is primed to make a positive impact.

“I enjoy working with people across cultures and thrive on creating programs that link domestic and international populations for mutually enriching exchanges,” she said.

“I believe that the Office of International Programs can serve as an interdisciplinary and intercultural center that provides curricular resources, administrative management, support services, and intercultural training and programming for the entire campus community,” Speir added. “The Office of International Programs supports the modern university as a comprehensive unit to promote the integration of global learning across both Academic and Student Affairs.”


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