The Forum Board Welcomes Two New Members

The Forum Board of Directors thanks departing members Mary Anne Grant, Donna Scarboro, Kathryn Howard and Annette Smith-Parker for their service. The Board also welcomed two new Board members at its meeting last week at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Christopher Elliott is the Assistant Dean of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Commerce at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. In these roles, he co-develops/teaches global courses and manages a portfolio of curricula and partnerships to support students’ global learning. Elliott completed his B.A. and M.Ed. at the University of Delaware, home to the earliest study abroad program in the U.S., where he took a semester abroad in Costa Rica to study Spanish and tropical ecology. Two decades later, he still credits that formative experience for growing a career in international and higher education that seeded at University of Delaware, caught wind at Northern Arizona University, and took root at the University of Virginia. Interested in the gender-aware leadership and identity development of college students, he developed a theoretical “Transcendence Model of Identity Construction” out of his PhD work at the University of Virginia, where he co-founded the Men’s Leadership Project at the UVA Women’s Center. He is eager to continue exploring how college students develop a transcending sense of self through our collective innovations in education abroad.

Lorna Stern was appointed Vice President of Arcadia University and Executive Director of The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University in October 2013. She is a leading figure in international education, with more than 22 years’ experience supporting Arcadia University in its vision for innovation in global education. Lorna leads The College as it serves a diverse group of students, offering global learning opportunities that stimulate and challenge their world views, broaden their notions of where they may work and contribute, and provide a context where learners can assume greater responsibility for their lives and choices. As Vice President, Lorna travels widely, managing relationships with institutional partners both in the U.S. and around the world. She oversees all aspects of the work of The College, such as its strategic direction, vision, mission and operations, and works collaboratively with Arcadia faculty, staff and partner institutions. Furthering Arcadia’s mission of global understanding, Lorna has served on several national boards in the field, has delivered countless presentations throughout the world of international education, and is one of the most well-known experts in the field today. At different phases of her tenure at The College of Global Studies at Arcadia, she has served as Deputy Director, Special Advisor, Director of Student Services and Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Institutional Relations, Director of Strategic Development and Associate Vice President. Lorna earned her BA in international relations with an emphasis on African affairs at Wells College. She was a Rotary Scholar and studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she concentrated on comparative African government and law. She directed Cornell University’s International Living Center, a residential housing complex for international students, where she developed programs and events that brought undergraduate and graduate international and home-campus communities together. Her Master’s in Law and Diplomacy, with a focus on international law and the Middle East, is from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Lorna serves as an Advisor to Language Corps, an overseas training program for ESL teachers. She is a member of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators; AIEA: The Association of International Education Administrators; and has served on the Forum Council of the Forum on Education Abroad. She regularly presents at a variety of international forums and conferences, contributing her knowledge and skills to the field of international education.