On July 1, 2008, the Arcadia University College of Global Studies will welcome new director Nicolette D. Christensen, PhD. Dr. Christensen will succeed David C. Larsen, PhD, who is retiring after 20 years at the helm of the center, which is one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most well-respected providers of study abroad opportunities.
”Nikki” Christensen comes to the center from NYU (New York University), where she is the Executive Director of Global Academic Management. She previously spent 13 years teaching business management at Guilford College, rising to the rank of Department Chair, while developing and supervising study abroad programs in 15 locations on four continents.
After a long and exemplary career in the field of international education, including two decades of service to Arcadia as Vice President and Executive Director of The College of Global Studies, David C. Larsen, PhD, will retire in June 2008.
Drs. Larsen and Christensen will have the opportunity to work together for several weeks near the conclusion of Dr. Larsen's tenure. In his retirement, Dr. Larsen will continue his work with Arcadia University in the capacity of Special Assistant to the President.
She also serves as an International Education Consultant with organizations in London, Madrid, Dublin, Bonn, Berlin and Munich. She has a PhD in leadership and cultural foundations (focused on international business and ethics), as well as an MBA.
Nikki's appointment resulted from a comprehensive, national search, conducted by a highly dedicated, committee of university executives, managers, and professionals, supplemented by input from the entire staff of the center. In addition, all sectors of
the campus community were invited to participate in, and provided
feedback in, this director-selection process.
“Dr. Christensen’s commitment to excellence in education abroad, as well as her proven record of leadership and entrepreneurial talent in an international context, will further strengthen our university mission of global learning,” says Jerry Greiner, President of Arcadia University. “Her experience as a faculty member and her leadership in international education will complement our institutional promise of providing students with global perspectives, personal attention, and real-world integrative learning experiences that prepare them to contribute and prosper.”
“Education abroad is an important academic component in an undergraduate degree, as our world becomes more diverse and more complex,” Christensen said. “Ensuring curricular options to serve the needs of U.S. students means that we will both strengthen existing programs as well as develop new opportunities for students.”
The Arcadia University College of Global Studies provides undergraduates more than 100 programs around the world in 14 countries. The university also ranks second nationally among master’s universities for the percentage of its own undergraduate students who study abroad.