Kennesaw State University has named a language expert as its new executive director for its Institute for Global Initiatives

Fluent in French, Lance Askildson is a linguistics scholar and an expert in second-language acquisition who recently served as the first assistant provost for internationalization at the University of Notre Dame. He founded the university’s Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures and developed programs  in more than 30 countries. 

On July 1, he will replace Barry Morris, vice provost for strategic initiatives, who has served as interim director since 2011. As executive director, Dr. Askildson will be responsible for the institute’s Education Abroad Office, Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Center for African and African Diaspora Studies, Global Engagement Programs and Global Admissions. 

The announcement came about a week after Kennesaw State President Daniel Papp published a guide to campus internationalization in the spring 2013 issue of Public Purpose magazine. 

To read the article, titled “Internationalizing a University: Signposts and Strategic Perspectives,” click here

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