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Release: March 28, 2003

King Appointed New Director Of UI Office Of International Students, Scholars

Scott E. King has joined the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) as its new director, effective March 17. He comes to the UI from Old Dominion University where he served as director of international student and scholar services for 11 years.

Diana Davies, director of UI international programs, said King brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position.

"King joins the OISS at a time when the field of international student advising is in a state of significant, deep and far-reaching change," said Davies, who has served as the interim OISS director since Gary Althen retired in June 2002 after 30 years in the international education field.

Davies said that the introduction of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) has been one of the most recent challenges faced by OISS staff.

"Keeping up with constantly evolving immigration rules and regulations is no easy task," Davies said. "During his 11-plus years as director of International Student and Scholar Services at Old Dominion University, and in his work for NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, Scott established a reputation as an exceptional colleague, a creative and innovative leader and a strong advocate for international students and scholars."

King has 24 years of experience in the field of international education and has served as director of similar offices in Virginia, Alabama and Texas. He has a master's degree in American studies from the University of Dallas. King joined Southwest Texas State University in 1979 as an admissions counselor. Two years later he was named director of international student services at the University of Dallas. He was later appointed to similar positions at the University of South Alabama and at Old Dominion University. A member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 1980, King is currently the group's regional council coordinator.

In his role as director of OISS, King will work with people throughout the university to assist with all aspects of bringing international students and scholars to campus.

"I want this office to be seen as a resource for minimizing challenges that arise when working with anyone from a different culture," said King. "I also want students to learn more about people in the United States, and why we do the things we do."

OISS provides services to international students, scholars and their dependents that include assistance with routine immigration procedures, information dispersal to students and to UI departments about university and government procedures, and liaison with sponsoring agencies, community organizations and student groups.

Apart from providing administrative services, OISS is also responsible for cultural, social and financial counseling for international students, sponsorship of activities and programs for international students, scholars and their dependents and development and organization of intercultural educational programs.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

"What excites me most about coming to UI is that it is one of the schools that already is a leader in providing international education," King said. "The exciting part about working in this field is to be able to help students get what they truly want out of their educational experience."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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