Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today
announced that the John W. Ryan Fellow in International Education for
the 2010-11 academic year will be Robert Gosende.
will benefit greatly from Ambassador Gosende's service as our John W. Ryan
Fellow in International Education,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “His vast
experience in the international arena and deep familiarity with SUNY's
international programs position him to make a critical contribution to the
conversation about the role we can play in world affairs."
delighted to welcome Ambassador Gosende as a Ryan Fellow at UAlbany,” said
University at Albany President George M. Philip. “His knowledge and
insights regarding the role international education plays in public diplomacy
will be of tremendous benefit to our students and faculty.”
will be based at the School of Education at the University at Albany where he will teach and collaborate with
students and faculty. His focus will be on the crucial role that
international education plays in the public diplomacy of our country and,
specifically, how we can be more broadly engaged in this process through SUNY’s
international programs. As SUNY’s Ryan Fellow, Gosende will also lecture at
other SUNY campuses and at the Levin Institute in New York City.
serving for over three decades as a career U.S. Foreign Service officer in the
U.S. Information Agency and at the U.S. Department of State, Gosende came to
SUNY in 1998. His Foreign Service specialization was educational and
cultural affairs but as an international affairs generalist he also served
tours of duty as President Clinton’s Special Envoy (Ambassador) for Somalia, 1992-93, and as the
senior State Department official supervising voter education activities in the
run-up to the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa in 1994.
2000, Gosende was appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees as associate vice
chancellor for international programs. He served in that position until his
retirement this month.
is also the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional
Service for his work over this past decade expanding and enhancing SUNY’s international
activities and reputation. Along with his colleagues in SUNY’s Office of
International Programs, Gosende was a recipient of the Institute of International
Andrew Heiskell Award in 2007 for their work in Turkey establishing academic partnerships
between Turkish universities and State University campuses. These programs now enroll more
than 2,300 students including 750 graduates and as such are the most extensive
of their kind in our country.
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