Concluding a nationwide search that began in January to fill a new position in UNT's Division of Academic Affairs, UNT selected Earl F. Gibbons Jr. as its first vice provost and associate vice president for international education.
In announcing the appointment, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gary Krahenbuhl says Gibbons will provide vision and leadership in all areas of international education at UNT.
"Of particular importance among Gibbons' new responsibilities is the implementation of the 'globalization' initiatives of the university's Strategic Plan," Krahenbuhl says.
The UNT System Board of Regents adopted the UNT Strategic Plan for 2006-2011 in May 2006. Internationalization is cited along with diversity and collaboration as a key theme that will drive the plan.
"Successfully recruiting Dr. Gibbons for this critically important new position moves our efforts to an exciting new level," President Gretchen M. Bataille says. "His extensive international experience and commitment to globalization bring a remarkable complement to UNT's determination to internationalize our curriculum and increase our campus community's involvement in educational and research opportunities around the world."
Gibbons' duties include enhancing UNT's reputation as a leader in international education; fostering international awareness and diversity programming throughout the university; advancing international dimensions in research, curriculum and instruction; and providing administrative leadership for UNT's International Studies and Programs.
"The experience Earl brings to this position is really impressive. His entrepreneurial approach and proven success in landing grants and contracts should translate into new revenue streams to enhance all of our international program activities," Krahenbuhl says.
Since 2003, Gibbons has served as vice provost for international and educational outreach at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.
In addition, he served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at Longwood University in Virginia; and associate vice president for overseas programs at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Ariz.
He also held faculty appointments at Longwood, Thunderbird and Arizona State University.
"I am delighted to be joining the University of North Texas at this pivotal time in its history. President Gretchen M. Bataille has spoken passionately about the need to 'put UNT on a bigger map.' For that effort, she is assembling an impressive leadership team who will together be able to propel UNT forward toward an exciting future and a far more visible role on higher education's global stage," Gibbons says.
"Internationalization isn't only focused on UNT's outreach, collaboration and partnerships around the globe; it is also about bringing the world to the UNT campus, to Denton and the surrounding communities," Gibbons says.
"I want to build on the rich diversity already present on the UNT campus, to share ideas and help give voice to students, faculty and staff who bring to the university their own rich history, culture and traditions. It also is my hope that our campus' cultural richness can become a window on the world."
Gibbons earned his doctoral degree and master's degree in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.