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New hire hopes to take school global
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series profiling new staff in the Ohio University provost’s office.
Although Lorna Jean Edmonds has adapted to hopping on a plane to study or visit about 50 countries around the world, she now has to settle for running between Yamada House and Cutler Hall.
As Ohio University’s new vice provost of global affairs, Edmonds will work with administrators, the Center for International Studies and OU’s international partners to promote international affairs and OU’s name around the world.
Before she can make those connections, however, Edmonds said she must get acquainted with the university.
Coming from the University of Ottawa in Canada, Edmonds said she was surprised by the pride shared among OU alumni.
While flying from Canada to Athens for her two interviews on campus, Edmonds said she spoke to several alumni who told her stories of their experiences at OU, and after her interview she came to feel as strongly about OU’s community.
“I think it’s fair to say that before I joined OU I never heard about Ohio University, and I don’t think that’s unusual,” Edmonds said. “I hope that one of my legacies is that more non-OU families know about OU.”
As vice provost for global affairs, she will work with the Office of Education Abroad, support programs for international students and the International Student Union.
Edmonds said her goal for her first few years at OU is to define and implement a strategic plan to take OU’s current international relationships and further embrace internationalization.
“That to me is one of the missing links here,” Edmonds said. “We haven’t tied it nicely into a bow, so to speak.”
Edmonds’ experiences with international education and social policy made her a strong candidate for her new task, which must consider academic and research programs to create a strategic international plan for the university, said Executive
Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit in a statement.
“A university without an international strategy and diversity of international programs and contacts today would limit its educational experience,” Benoit said in the statement.
Lawrence Wood, director of the communication and development studies graduate program, said Edmonds’ style will help OU grow its global relationships.
“I think she was a great hire and the perfect person for the job,” Wood said.