Dr. Sabine U. O'Hara
WASHINGTON, DC --- The Institute of International Education (IIE), a nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization founded in 1919 (www.iie.org), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sabine U. O'Hara as Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and Vice President of IIE.
For over 50 years, CIES
(www.cies.org) has helped administer the Fulbright
Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State
, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
, a division of IIE
in New York, NY, is based in Washington, DC.
Dr Allan Goodman, IIE's President and CEO, welcomed Dr. O'Hara to her new position, noting how well her past career has prepared her to lead CIES.
"Dr. O'Hara's successful and diverse experience in leadership roles at a variety of U.S. higher education institutions, and her academic experience in Germany and the U.S., gives her a unique perspective on the importance of scholarly exchange and the role that international education can have in strengthening higher education institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
Regarding her appointment, Dr. O'Hara said, "I consider serving as Executive Director of CIES and Vice President of IIE an exceptional opportunity, as I have long known the organizations' important mission to improve global understanding and, ultimately, world peace.
is positioned uniquely to expand further its international leadership role in the exchange of people and ideas at a critical time in our world.
I am pleased to be part of this important work."
Most recently, Dr. O'Hara was President of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where she served as the institution's tenth president.
A respected author, researcher and professor, Dr. O'Hara
is well known for her
expertise in sustainable economic development and global education and has lectured around the globe, including Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Germany, Tunisia, and the UK.
is the author of two books and numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and research reports.
has also developed and taught various undergraduate and graduate courses, many related to economic development, sustainability and economics and ethics.
Prior to joining Roanoke, Dr. O'Hara served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Her earlier experience included serving as Provost and Professor of Economics at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont; as faculty member and Director of Graduate Studies in Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; as visiting scholar at Harvard University and as Director of Public Policy for the New York State Council of Churches.
Dr. O'Hara is a native of Germany and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Gottingen, where she also received a doctorate in environmental economics.
An active scholar and advocate for higher education, she serves on the board of directors of several national organizations, including the United States Society of Ecological Economics, and the Association for Social Economics.