Nicolette DeVille Christensen, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Vice President, Arcadia University
The College of Global Studies
Dr. Christensen joined Arcadia in July 2008 and purports the benefits of education abroad in a student’s academic career. Prior to Arcadia, Dr. Christensen was at New York University, where she served as the Executive Director for Global Academic Management. She has over two decades of experience in a variety of roles in higher education and business – as a tenured faculty member (business management and marketing) and senior study abroad administrator at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as international education consultant.
The breadth and depth of Dr. Christensen's professional experience, together with her service on task forces, committees, and professional boards including AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators), the Special Olympics Advisory Board, the United Nations Task Force on Education, and most recently, the United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution, and Peace (founded by the International Association of University Presidents in conjunction with the UN), have given her a thorough understanding of the complexities of the broad field of international education as well as unique insight into the challenges of advocating for international education at the campus, national, and international levels.
"Education abroad is an important academic component to every undergraduate degree," says Christensen. "Ensuring curricular options meet the needs of U.S. students means that we will both strengthen existing programs and develop new opportunities for students."
Dr. Christensen holds a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, an M.B.A. from the University of North Texas, and a BS from the College of St. Mary in Nebraska.