University of Pittsburgh
February 6, 2003

Pitt's International Studies Director Selected For National Task Force

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February 6, 2003

PITTSBURGH—William I. Brustein, director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected to serve on a Task Force on International Education by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

According to NASULGC President C. Peter Magrath, the task force will "examine our universities' commitment to international programs, including such matters as curricula, exchange programs, faculty development, international students, and campus activities."

The task force will make recommendations to NASULGC and its member institutions for appropriate actions "aimed at building global competence."

Among those joining Brustein on the task force are chair William DeLauder, president of Delaware State University; Greg O'Brien, chancellor of the University of New Orleans; Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and representatives from NASULGC, the American Council on Education, the Association of International Education Administrators, and the Coalition on International Education.

Brustein also is a sociologist on the faculty in the Department of Sociology within Pitt's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He earned the bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut, the master's degree in sociology at the University of Washington, the master's degree in international studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of Washington.