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IFSA-Butler Announces New President

heather web versionIFSA-Butler is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir as our next President and CEO, following the retirement of current President Dr. Mark Scheid.

A career international educator, Heather has led efforts to expand study abroad participation at three universities. She has participated in various national boards committed to enhancing quality and participation in international education. Currently, she serves on the Forum Council of the Forum on Education Abroad and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Education Abroad. She is an active contributor to national discussions on access and equity in education abroad, including numerous national and international presentations on the topic. In her most recent role as Executive Director of Study Abroad at Boston University, Heather leads a global staff of 200 in the US and at 16 sites worldwide, which enroll 2,500 students annually from BU and partner universities.

Prior to joining BU, she served as Director of Study Abroad at the University of Texas at Austin. During her tenure, the institution rose from seventh to second in the nation for the number of study abroad participants, with 2,800 students abroad. UT Austin received both NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award and Diversity Abroad’s Excellence in Diversifying International Education (EDIE) Institutional Award in 2014 as a result of broad-based initiatives and partnerships that significantly improved participation rates among a variety of underrepresented groups. Under her leadership, UT Austin also implemented one of the first programs in the nation to pilot study abroad programming as a retention strategy.

Heather received her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she completed research on the correlation between study abroad, retention, and degree completion. She also holds an MS and MA from Oregon State University and a BA from Pomona College.

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