Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content


2017 Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization

Bridging the Local and the Global

November 06, 2017


How can U.S. higher education institutions reaffirm their regional relevance while at the same time become more globally competitive?

Spurred by the effects of globalization and the recent geopolitical climate, higher edu​cation institutions across the United States are rethinking how they portray their geographic identity at the municipal, regional, national and international level. Undertaking an institutional strategy that incorporates internationalization and global engagement rooted in a local context can foster cooperation and leverage new resources for institutions and their surrounding cities and communities.

​This ACE Executive Forum examined how U.S. higher education institutions are bridging their local and global engagements and featured panel presentations about internationalization models that are directly benefiting local economic and social development. 

Panelists included senior leadership from a variety of higher education institutions who provided insights and answered questions on how to effectively link, measure, and demonstrate the value of internationalization activities when communicating to an array of local stakeholders at your home institution. 

Click here​ for the full press release. ​​

The ACE Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization​ is an annual invitational meeting open only to university and college presidents, chief academic officers,  and senior international officers and features discussion of critical issues in advancing the internationalization of higher education. 

For more information, contact, or +1-202-939-9313.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Highlights from the 2017 Executive Forum​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Previous Image Pause Next Image

“Globalization is the movement of people, ideas, goods, capital, services, pollution, and diseases across borders. 
Internationalization is higher education’s engagement with that reality.”

– Barbara Hill, Senior Advisor for Internationalization, ACE (2013)


Full Program.pdfFull Program


8:30-8:45 a.m.    Coffee and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m.      Welcome and Introductions

8:45-9:45 a.m.    Panel I: Internationalization as a Driver for Regional Economic Growth 

Strategic internationalization initiatives can yield both short- and long-term economic advantages for universities and their surrounding communities. This panel will discuss examples of internationalization efforts that are preparing U.S. students for a globally competitive workforce, connecting researchers and local companies with international networks, and harnessing global partnerships to address pressing issues at home and abroad. 

Gil Latz,  Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators

Sharon Nagy, Vice Provost for Global Engagement, Clemson University
Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder, Diversity Abroad
Shelley Stephenson, Senior Director of International and Special Initiatives, Office of the University Provost, Arizona State University 

10:15-11:15 a.m.    Panel II:  Internationalization through Community Relations and Engagement 

Opportunities to learn about the world and engage with other cultures no longer requires crossing borders. On campus and within the region, many institutions find valuable resources to support students’ international learning and intercultural competence. Moreover, these opportunities tend to be more affordable, accessible, and equitable than traditional modes of global engagement. This panel will address strategies for aligning international and U.S. student learning outcomes with civic engagement and community resources.  

Joseph L. Jones, President, Arkansas Baptist College 

Hilary Landorf, Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University
Clarence Wyatt, President, Monmouth College 
Virginia Rowthorn, Executive Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Global Education​ Initiatives 
Samory Pruitt, Vice President, Division of Community Affairs, University of Alabama 

11:30-12:15 p.m.    Discussion Groups 

12:15-1:15 p.m.      Networking Luncheon

1:15-1:30 p.m.        Introduction of Keynote Speaker

1:30-2:45 p.m.        Closing Keynote: Fireside Chat on Building a Local and Global Identity

The strength of university or college’s identity helps people within and outside the institution understand its core values, differentiates it from others, and helps guide strategic decisions. How can a U.S. college or university develop a strong global identity that also reflects its local heritage and community?

Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University

Keynote Speaker:
Paaige K. Turner, Principal Associate at Communication Resource Associates, LLC and Adjunct Professor at Webster University​

3:15 p.m. Concluding remarks


​The ACE Executive Forum will take place in the National Center for Education Building, located at 1 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington DC.​ For more information and directions, click here​.

For more information, contact, or +1-202-939-9313.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Previous Meetings