Meredith Mcquaid Appointed Associate Vice President and Dean, International Programs
To: Deans, Directors, and Department Heads
From: Robert J. Jones, Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
Subject: Associate Vice President and Dean, International Programs
I am pleased to report that, after an extensive national search, Meredith McQuaid has been selected to fill the position of Associate Vice President and Dean, International Programs, effective September 7, pending Board of Regents approval. Meredith has served in this position, which was formerly held by Professor C. Eugene Allen, on an interim basis since November 2006.
Dean McQuaid’s candidacy for this important system-wide leadership position received strong support across all campuses. Her demonstrated leadership ability, strong administrative background, solid academic credentials, and extensive international experience will enable her to advance the internationalization of the University and achieve the objectives recommended by the International University task force.
The Associate Vice President and Dean promotes the global dimensions of teaching, research, and engagement across all colleges and campuses of the University, and works with the President, Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Deans, faculty and staff to create global opportunities; expand international and interdisciplinary components of teaching, research and public engagement activities; recruit and support international students, faculty, and staff; and identify funding for and facilitate development of critical interdisciplinary and international partnerships important to the University’s strategic plan. The position also provides administrative oversight for the Office of International Programs, including International Student and Scholar Services, the Learning Abroad Center, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, and the China Center.
In addition to her service as Interim Associate Vice President and Dean, Dean McQuaid served most recently as the Associate Dean of Administration and International Programs at the University of Minnesota Law School. She was responsible for the management and oversight of the Law School's programs in China, including the summer J.D. program in Beijing, the LL.M. program for Chinese lawyers, a faculty/scholar exchange, and eight semester exchange programs. In her 14 years at the Law School, Dean McQuaid led a number of domestic and international initiatives. She supervised the offices of Student Services, Career and Professional Development Center, Facilities Management, Technology, and International and Graduate Programs. Dean McQuaid also served as the Director of International and Graduate Programs and as the Associate Dean of Students at the Law School, and during her career expanded the Law School’s international exchange programs to include France, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay. She holds an adjunct faculty position and teaches Introduction to American Law, and Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers. She created and supervised the Judicial Observation Program for Foreign Lawyers, unique in U.S. law schools. She has also practiced law in Minnesota with an emphasis on immigration law.
Dean McQuaid has been active in and immediate past-Chair of the Section for Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers for the American Association of Law Schools.
Please join me in congratulating Meredith McQuaid on her appointment.