At the time of her retirement, served as the director of study abroad and international exchange at the University of Arkansas, a position she held since 1994. As a long-time international educator, she attended her first regional NAFSA meeting in San Antonio in 1981. Her extensive service to the association includes holding titles of Arkansas state coordinator; local arrangements chair; Trainer Corps member; SECUSSA representative for Region III; member of the Council on Public Affairs; vice chair of the Education Abroad Regulatory Practice committee; vice president for Public Policy and Practice; member of the NAFSA Board of Directors; chair of the Annual Conference Committee; and member of the search committee for the CEO and executive director. While Long will retire from her university position in July 2019, she has recently been elected vice president of the Fulbright Association Board of Directors and hopes to stay active promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange.
Life Membership Honoree
DeDe Long received the 2019 NAFSA International Education Life Membership Award