In Honor of Homer Higbee

Homer D. Higbee served as a NAFSA life member, former president (1970-71), chair of the Field Service Steering Committee, and on the boards of trustees/directors of numerous professional organizations. He is known as one of the major figures in international education and a leading NAFSAn for more than 25 years. His landmark study of foreign student advising on American campuses in 1961 provided the first comprehensive profile of NAFSAns as a professional class.

The NAFSA International Education Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA in Honor of Homer Higbee recognizes a NAFSAn who is currently involved in associational activities; has already contributed at least ten years of distinguished service to NAFSA’s membership; and plans to continue his/her involvement in the Association. In addition, the Awardee must have contributed significantly to the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and participation in numerous NAFSA activities. 

Linda Gentile

Linda Gentile
Carnegie Mellon University’s Office of International Education
Linda Gentile is the director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Office of International Education, which coordinates study abroad and provides immigration advising to international students, faculty, and staff. Gentile has spent more than 30 years in international education, joining NAFSA before she...

Fanta Aw

Fanta Aw
American University
Fanta Aw, PhD is serving as Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence at American University in Washington D.C. Aw has spent 25 years in higher education administration, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Campus Life. She advises American University leadership on matters related...

Christopher Viers

Chris Viers
Indiana University Bloomington
Christopher Viers, PhD is the Associate Vice President for International Services in the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs at Indiana University (IU), where he provides executive leadership of a dynamic organization responsible for meeting the comprehensive needs of...
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