President Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D.

Dr. ChristensenDr. 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.

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