President Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, a globally recognized scholar
and leader in international education, was appointed twenty-first President of
Arcadia University on October 11, 2013.
Dr. Christensen’s service to Arcadia University began in 2008, at
the then Center for Education Abroad, where she led the transition to The College of Global Studies, a full-fledged college of Arcadia University. She
led innovative initiatives in international education including creating a
Center for Research and Assessment, a unit that would go on to develop the
award-winning international education program assessment model ATLAS;
appointing a full-time Health and Safety Director dedicated to overseeing all
Arcadia programs, staff, and centers worldwide; and expanding Arcadia’s global
footprint by negotiating and establishing new centers in Barcelona, Dublin,
Edinburgh, Havana, Istanbul, London, Melbourne, Rome, and Sicily.
Under her leadership, The College of Global Studies has been
recognized by the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) and
the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE). AAUA bestowed the
prestigious Nikolai N. Khaladjan International Award for innovation and
achievement in international education upon The College of Global Studies for
the ATLAS Assessment Model, while PaCIE recognized The College for consistently
championing global education in Pennsylvania. Dr. Christensen also is noted for
establishing the Global Scholar Award and
the Award for Teaching Excellence to
mark student and faculty contributions to international education.
The breadth and depth of Dr. Christensen's professional experience
gives her a thorough understanding of the complexities of the broad field of higher
education. Her unique insight into the challenges of advocating for international
education at the campus, national, and international levels to serve on task
forces, committees, and professional boards, including: the Arcadia University
Strategic Planning Committee; the Arcadia University Board Committee for
International Programs (IPC); the Association of International Education
Administrators (AIEA); Special Olympics Advisory Board; United Nations Task
Force on Education; and United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education,
Conflict Resolution, and Peace (founded by the International Association of
University Presidents in conjunction with the UN.)
Prior to joining Arcadia
University as Vice President, Dr. Christensen was Executive Director of Global
Academic Management at New York University, and also spent 13 years teaching
business management at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., where she served
as Department Chair and Director of Study Abroad.
Dr. Christensen was a
Fulbright-Hays scholar; earned a doctoral degree in Leadership and Cultural
Foundations with a focus on International Business and Ethics from the
University of North Carolina, Greensboro; a master of business administration
degree from the University of North Texas; and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from the College
of St. Mary in Nebraska.