University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman Awarded NAFSA’s Prestigious Cassandra Pyle Award




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SAN DIEGO, CA, May 27, 2014 – Today at the opening of NAFSA: Association of International Educators' 66th Annual Conference, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman was presented with the prestigious Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Educational Exchange. This award recognizes Dr. Coleman's longtime leadership and commitment to global education and fostering international collaboration.

About Dr. Mary Sue Coleman
Throughout her career, as Provost of the University of New Mexico, President of the University of Iowa, and currently as President of the University of Michigan (U-M), Dr. Coleman has been instrumental in driving public institutions to engage internationally, welcoming students and scholars from around the world, and building interdisciplinary research agendas that cross cultures and borders. At U-M, Dr. Coleman provided significant institutional support, with presidential matching funds and her own personal funds for undergraduate education abroad scholarships.

Under her leadership, U-M doubled the number of undergraduate students who studied abroad; increased participation among underrepresented fields of study such as engineering, fine arts, and the health sciences; and expanded programs in nontraditional and diverse locations. Over $3 million in seed funds resulted in the foundation of the U-M African Studies Center, the African Heritage Initiative, the African Social Research Initiative, the STEM-Africa program, and the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program. Dr. Coleman championed the Joint Institute for Engineering Education with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which created dual degree programs and hundreds of student exchanges. Her 2012 trip to Brazil created a multidisciplinary partnership with the University of Sao Paulo, with support for Brazilian medical students to complete rotations in the U-M Medical System.

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About the Pyle Award
Cassandra Pyle was a leader in the field of international education and exchange for more than 25 years, serving as president of NAFSA from 1978-79. She was well known worldwide as a champion of international relations and a leader in fostering better international understanding through collaboration. The Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Educational Exchange honors the contributions of an international educator to international exchange on a global scale. This award extends NAFSA's recognition of international exchange efforts beyond the organization and the profession in the United States to include exchange work around the world. Awardees have lengthy commitment to the field as demonstrated by leadership positions in, and significant contributions to, organizations that foster international exchange.

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