Alumni, Students Meet Gov. Corbett in France During Business Mission

By Purnell T. Cropper | March 23, 2012

Delivering a speech in France about economic, cultural and educational development, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett cited Arcadia University as one of the state’s major universities represented—with 10 alumni and students from the American Graduate School in Paris and Arcadia University attending a March 20 reception hosted for the Governor’s first investment and trade mission to France.

The reception, at the George C. Marshall Center off Place de la Concorde in Paris, was open to alumni and students of all Pennsylvania colleges and universities residing in France. Arcadia President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III invited the American Graduate School in Paris to represent Arcadia  at the reception, as alumni of this program are also alumni of Arcadia University. The master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy at the American Graduate School in Paris is an affiliated program of Arcadia University.

Representing Arcadia and AGS:

  • Alumni: Adam Kegley ’11MMairi Lee ’05MAmandine Muskus ’10MSarah Pedersen ’08M, and Jennifer Wright ’09M.
  • Students: Lisa Albright ’12Ruth Atoyebi ’12Ryan Godfrey ’12Caroline Meyer ’12, and Carlyle Taylor ’13. Godfrey and Taylor are in the dual-degree program.

The Governor spoke to each of the AGS and Arcadia participants and met with Alexis Delabre, Chairman of the Board of AGS, and Eileen Servidio, President of the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS.

“Through its affiliation with Arcadia, and through the very nature of its programs, the American Graduate School in Paris hopes to take a small part in the larger mission of transatlantic cooperation between France and the United States. Discussing these matters with Gov. Tom Corbett and his Cabinet members was therefore a very constructive opportunity as they seem extremely keen on encouraging this kind of cooperation,” says Delabre.

Two of the students who attended are following the Arcadia/AGS dual master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and International Relations and Diplomacy, which involves three semesters in Pennsylvania and three semesters in Paris.

“We are very proud of our long and deepening affiliation with the American Graduate School,” says Oxholm. “Because of the high regard in which AGS is held in Paris and by the international community, our students are able to be taught by some of the best in the diplomatic field. We are very glad that Gov. Corbett was able to meet our students and faculty and see firsthand the potential value to Pennsylvania from our excellence in study abroad.” The Arcadia University College of Global Studies also offers a study abroad experience in France that includes undergraduate coursework at AGS.

The American Graduate School in Paris is a nonprofit institution of higher education offering U.S. programs in France to students from around the world. AGS specializes in International Relations and Diplomacy as well as International Business. Programs are taught in English and are based on the American educational system while integrating French cultural and academic resources. The school’s core program on International Relations and Diplomacy was started in 1994 and is accredited in the United States through Arcadia University.