Southeast Enhancing Efforts with International Programs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 4, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University has announced plans to enhance its International Programs beginning with the 2006-2007 academic year.

As part of the new initiative, the University is currently conducting a national search for a new executive director of International Programs. The individual selected will be responsible for international student services, international student recruiting, the Intensive English Program and university and faculty exchange programs.

The new executive director of International Programs will report to Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. McDougall’s role will be expanded to become dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and University International Programs.

“We hope to have candidates on campus in the very near future for the executive director of International Programs,” he said. “The individual selected will lead an effort to further internationalize the University.”

Dr. Jane Stephens, provost at Southeast Missouri State University, said, “My first priority for the coming year is to emphasize the enhancement of International Programs and to expand exchanges with other countries.”

Dr. Adelaide Parsons, current director of International Programs, plans to return to the Department of English to direct the Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program, effective May 16. Parsons is a recognized expert and authority on TESOL and has had a distinguished career in that area. Parsons has held several offices in the Midwest Region’s TESOL, including president and vice president, and has served TESOL as a board member and as convention chair.