Media Advisory: College Presidents to Discuss How to Expand Innovative and Sustainable International Education Experiences



Rebecca Morgan, 202.495.2553,
Katie O’Connell, 202.495.2559,

WASHINGTON, November 14, 2014 - On Tuesday, November 18, college and university presidents from across the country will hold a public discussion in Washington on steps higher education institutions can take to meet rising student demand for foreign languages, access to study abroad opportunities, and international experiences needed to compete for jobs in today's global economy.

The college and university leaders are from institutions awarded NAFSA's 2014 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization for their success in developing globalized curricula, integrating international students into the campus, and diversifying access to study abroad. Columbus State University, North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey will receive the 2014 "Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization" for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses. Albion College, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at Austin will receive the 2014 "Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award" for a specific international program or initiative that contributes to comprehensive internationalization.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will offer opening remarks to kick off the panel discussion. Following the discussion, a reception honoring the award-winning institutions will include remarks from Martin Simon, the son of the late Senator Paul Simon, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education and Director of International Affairs Maureen McLaughlin. Since the year 2000, the U.S. Departments of State and Education have celebrated International Education Week to encourage students to become globally competent and successful through international education and engagement.

NAFSA's report on the seven award-winning institutions and their successful models of internationalization -- the 2014 edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities -- will be distributed at the event.


Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, featuring a Presidential Panel and Reception Honoring the 2014 Award Recipients


Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Panel: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Reception and Awards Ceremony: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


The Washington Court Hotel
Ballroom II (Panel) & Atrium Ballroom (Reception)
525 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Panel Speakers

  • Marlene M. Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. State Department
  • Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), U.S. State Department
  • Jolene Koester, President Emerita at California State University-Northridge and member of the NAFSA Board of Directors (panel moderator)


  • Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
  • Mauri A. Ditzler, President, Albion College
  • Michael V. Drake, President, The Ohio State University
  • W. Randolph Woodson, Chancellor, North Carolina State University


  • Marlene M. Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Adviser to the Secretary of Education and Director of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Education
  • Martin Simon, son of the late Senator Paul Simon


Named for the late Senator Paul Simon, (D-Ill.), these awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization. Senator Simon was well known as a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. His leadership in these areas was especially evident in his robust support for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and in his vision of a national program to greatly expand U.S. citizens' knowledge of the world, which was the inspiration behind the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act.

The Simon Act is a congressional initiative to significantly increase study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates, with the goal of one million U.S. students studying abroad each year within ten years. The bill has had strong bipartisan support in past sessions of Congress, and carries the endorsement of nearly fifty higher education and international education organizations.

Read more about the Simon bill at

To learn more about NAFSA's Senator Paul Simon Awards, visit