Timlin Named Executive Director of International Education and Services


Timlin Kevin croppedKevin Timlin, director of the International Programs Office at Northern Michigan University, has been named executive director of International Education and Services at Southeast Missouri State University.

Timlin will begin his new role July 5, where he will be charged with leading international student services, sponsored student programs, international study abroad and exchange programming, and English language programs.

He also will be responsible for Southeast’s international student recruitment program, will serve on the University’s Strategic Enrollment Management team and maintain relationships with Southeast’s overseas partners. Ultimately, Timlin will provide the vision, and strategic and operational plans to meet the needs of international and study abroad students, and visiting scholars.

“Mr. Timlin recognizes the importance of collaborating and developing partnerships broadly across campus and in the community to support international education and student success,” said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students. “His knowledge of international education is extensive, and will be an asset to the University’s efforts to develop internationalization goals and plan for the future. We are looking forward to Mr. Timlin’s arrival in July.”

Timlin replaces Zahir Ahmed who has assumed the new role of associate director of international student recruitment at Southeast. Since joining Southeast in 2008, Ahmed has served as the University’s primary contact with students around the world. He will continue to travel and represent Southeast abroad.

“Under the leadership of Zahir Ahmed, international student enrollment has grown from 200 students in 2007 to more than 1100 today,” Below said. “His efforts to incrementally increase international student enrollment have enriched the educational experience for all students. Southeast is committed to preparing students for successful careers in the domestic and global economy. We are grateful to Mr. Ahmed for his many contributions as Executive Director, and we are pleased that he will continue to represent Southeast as a member of the International Education and Services team.”

Timlin says he is excited about joining that team at Southeast.

“When I saw the executive director position posted, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved at an institution where great things are already happening, and there is the support and potential to do a lot more,” Timlin said. “And personally, my wife, Leslie, is from Tulsa, and I am from Iowa City.  We are thrilled to be coming to a place that is almost perfectly half way between both of our families.”

He says he hopes to continue building on “all the wonderful things the outstanding Intensive English Program (IEP) and International Education and Services (IES) staff are doing to foster a campus and community in which international students are valued, comfortable, and successful.”

Timlin says he also wants to make study abroad a possibility for any Southeast student who has the desire and hopes to strengthen the University’s ties with higher education institutions around the world.

“Such partnerships can have a positive impact for the University through collaborative research opportunities for faculty, and exchange opportunities for students,” he said. Both have “a profound ability to contribute to a richer educational environment on campus where faculty, students and staff routinely consider and incorporate diverse perspectives into their daily interactions,” he said.

Timlin says he would also like to see Southeast become a NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization winner.

Timlin has been actively involved in international education for more than 15 years. Under his leadership, the International Programs Office at Northern Michigan University has played a key role in numerous aspects of comprehensive internationalization, including international enrollment management and study abroad. Prior to his current position, he served more than seven years as assistant director in the Center for International Studies at Western Illinois University. He volunteered with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan from 1997 to 1999, where he taught English. He also participated in a two-week Fulbright seminar in South Korea in 2008 and served as an ESL instructor and coordinator of advising and activities at the University of Oklahoma Center for English as a Second Language (ESL).

While at Western Illinois, he instituted a chapter of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, and he taught and the honors college course, “Developing Intercultural Competence Through International Education.”

He also has been active with several international education organizations, including, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, English USA, Association of International Education Administrators, Michigan Association of International Educators, Council of International Schools and the American International Recruitment Council.

Timlin is candidate for a doctoral degree in international education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is completing a dissertation exploring how the factors that promote the development of intercultural competence impact individual outcomes for alumni of governmentally-sponsored international exchange programs. His study specifically focuses on alumni from Kyrgyz Republic of the U.S. State Department funded Global UGRAD program.

He also holds a Master of Education in education with a specialization in international education from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in anthropology from the University of Northern Iowa.