Office of Global Education

February 23, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the University is moving forward with another key element of our strategic plan. The president has given approval to establish the Office of Global Education, which will report to the provost. This is the name that was recommended by the International Initiatives Solution Group.

Dr. Amy Rell will head the office with the title of Dean. Amy is currently Associate Dean of the Dual Language program, which is being taught out. She has a wealth of experience in international education and is bilingual.

Both the International Initiatives Solution Group and the Implementation Team recommended that the Study Abroad office be moved to the Office of Global Education so that it can serve all our colleges. Thus Dr. Naomi Olsen, Director of Study Abroad, will move to the new unit on May first (start of the new fiscal year). The administrative staff position currently supporting the Dual Language program will also be assigned to the Global Education office.

The staff for this new unit is lean for now but they have had great help from the Solution Group. This group has been meeting regularly to work on infrastructure issues related to supporting international students who attend Regis, and they have made significant strides.

The purposes of the new office are three-fold:

  • To foster a global educational experience through our curriculum and through opportunities to engage the world directly through offerings such as Study Abroad and international immersion experiences
  • To ensure that our campus is a welcoming place for students from all cultures who enroll at Regis
  • To carefully recruit international students seeking the academic and co-curricular experiences we offer

We are now working to determine where the Office of Global Education will be housed on the northwest Denver campus. Amy is still dividing her time between the Thornton campus and the northwest Denver campus but she can be reached at X6254. Her email is arell@regis.edu.

Please join me in congratulating Amy and Naomi on their new roles. This is an exciting step forward for Regis.

All my best to you,
Patricia A. Ladewig, Ph.D.
Provost