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David Di Maria named MSU’s new associate provost for international programs

August 7, 2014 -- MSU News Service

David Di Maria, director of International Programs and Services and the Office of Global Education for Kent State University, has been selected as Montana State University’s new associate provost for International Programs. Photo courtesy of David Di Maria.   High-Res Available

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David Di Maria, director of International Programs and Services and the Office of Global Education for Kent State University, has been selected as Montana State University’s new associate provost for International Programs.

As associate provost, Di Maria will oversee MSU’s student and faculty exchange and study abroad programs and recruiting and supporting international students who study in Bozeman. Di Maria will manage roughly 20 staffers in the Office of International Programs, will chair the MSU International Programs Advisory Council and be responsible for implementing the internationalization objectives of MSU’s strategic plan.

“We had more than 100 applicants and Dr. Di Maria rose to the top of a very competitive pool,” said Martha Potvin, MSU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We feel very lucky to have gotten someone of his caliber.”

Di Maria will report to Potvin and will begin his duties in early September. His appointment is subject to approval at the September meeting of the Board of Regents.

“Based on his credentials, I expect Dr. Di Maria to be a very inclusive leader, reaching out to the entire university community, especially faculty and deans. I see him building strong working relationships all across campus,” Potvin said.

Di Maria received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

He began his career in international program administration as assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. In 2009, he moved to Kent State University, first as the director of International Recruitment, Admissions and Advising and eventually as director of International Programs and Services for the Office of Global Education. 

Di Maria currently has responsibility for international programs across the eight-campus, 40,000-student Kent State University system and supervises more than 20 full-time staff in the Office of Global Education.

“MSU has a very strong international program and I’m looking forward to building on that legacy,” Di Maria said. “International experiences are increasingly important in our global economy and I want to help more MSU students and faculty have opportunities to broaden their understanding of the world.”

The MSU Office of International Programs provides educational opportunities abroad for MSU students at 240 universities in 50 countries. Through the office, MSU has established sister-institutional relationships with more than 40 universities, with more in development.

In partnership with these institutions, MSU offers student and faculty exchanges, conducts collaborative research activities and provides other cooperative programs. Additionally, the office assists faculty in pursuing research and teaching internationally. 

Contact: Tracy Ellig, (406) 994-5607 or tellig@montana.edu