Executive director of international affairs candidate Patricia Croom hopes to improve vision with faculty help
Patricia Croom, a candidate to become Central Michigan University’s executive director for international affairs, has a passion for international travel.
Croom is the associate director for international admissions at Michigan State University, working in the Administrative Information Services office for 24 years and working in the Office of Admissions in 2008. She spoke at an open forum Wednesday in the Lake Superior room of Bovee University Center.
She said a strong relationship between the faculty and the students is the key to raising awareness about and facilitating a successful study abroad program.
“An international curriculum doesn’t happen without the cooperation of the faculty,” she said. “The most important thing is to create a vision.”
The executive director for international affairs will work to advance international programs on campus, improve globalization of the curriculum and facilitate relationships between faculty and students both local and abroad.
“To take these students and open their horizons to the world is a great challenge, but is rewarding to see,” Daniela Richter, a professor of foreign languages at CMU, said about the position of executive director for foreign affairs.
Richter attended the forum to learn more about Croom as a candidate and to find out what her first actions would be as director, if accepted for the position.
Tracy Nakajima, director of international student and scholar services came to the forum to support the candidate, since she is on the search committee to find all possible candidates for the position.
The forum is part of a series in which all candidates for the position will visit campus for interviews and to answer questions from the public.
George Barlos, the director of international education at Reimai Consulting Firm in Beijing, China, spoke on Aug. 30.
Another forum is scheduled on Wednesday, where Katherine Hammett, the current director of international education at Carroll University and a candidate for CMU’s executive director for international affairs, will speak.
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