Montana State University

Di Maria selected for fellowship from Association of International Education Administrators

July 8, 2015

David Di Maria, MSU’s associate provost for international programs is one of five national recipients of a Neal Presidential Fellowship, which provides enrichment opportunities for new senior international officers. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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David Di Maria, associate provost for international programs at Montana State University, was named a recipient of a fellowship from the Association of International Education Administrators recognizing new senior international officers with leadership potential.

Di Maria will receive a Neal Presidential Fellowship, which will link him during the coming year with a mentor from a similar institution.

During his fellowship year, Di Maria will visit his mentor’s university, study leadership styles and work on a plan to develop international initiatives at MSU. He will also learn about national and international issues and how they affect individual campuses.

The AIEA awarded five Neal Presidential Fellowships across the country this year. In addition to Di Maria,

Paulo Zagalo-Melo of the University of Montana also received a Neal Fellowship.

I am very much honored to be selected for participation in such a competitive and prestigious program,” Di Maria said. “That two of the fellows are from Montana says a great deal about the quality of the work being done in international education in the Big Sky state. I look forward to leveraging this experience to further expand opportunities for international learning, discovery and engagement at MSU.”

Di Maria’s duties at MSU include planning and execution of strategic internationalization initiatives. He regularly presents and publishes on critical issues and trends impacting international higher education. He came to MSU last August from Kent State University where he was director of international programs and services. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Di Maria is also the 2015 chair-elect of NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community.

David Di Maria (406) 994-4031,