A partnership to establish a Korean branch of Georgia Southwestern State University’s Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers was among the international engagements fostered during the tenure of Kendall Blanchard, who on Aug. 18 announced his retirement.
During his seven years, the Americus-based university also formed partnerships with schools in China and India, along with launching two new master’s degrees and seeing its business school receive national accreditation.
Dr. Blanchard became interim president in January 2007 and took on the full-time job in June of that year after his work impressed the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, according to a news release by the board.
The institute for caregiving branch in Korea sprung out of a partnership with the Cyber University of Korea established in 2009. In March 2010, the two schools signed a memorandum of understanding to develop joint curriculum and a certificate program for caregivers.
Cyber University of Korea President Choong-soon Kim is a graduate of the University of Georgia in anthropology and a personal friend of Dr. Blanchard. Former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn, a staunch advocate of caregiving and mental health care, attended the signing ceremony, according to the program’s website.