Bill's Lessons Learned from 15 Years of Experience as Vice Provost of University Outreach and International Programs

Humphrey-Fulbright Reception 2013

1. Ensure full support by the senior leadership (i.e. Chancellor, Provost, and/or Presidents) and that the senior leadership team includes a vice provost/vice president devoted to international programs who serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

Study Abroad Instructors

2. Involve all levels in the university in the internationalization efforts with particular engagement of the faculty and the Faculty Senate.

Research Funding Workshop

3. Develop close relationships between the Vice Provost and staff for international programs with all the senior academic leadership (research, undergraduate, graduate, academic personnel, and continuing education).

Chancellor Vanderhoef on the Great Wall of China

4. Partner with the deans and the department chairs and enhance and maintain regular communication and collaboration.


Humphrey Fulbright Reception

5. Work closely with several of the non-academic senior leadership, particularly finance and planning, student affairs, university counsel, alumni affairs, and development to further the internationalization goals.

UOIP relocated to Administration Building 2001

6. Locate the international office in close proximity to the other relevant senior academic and administrative offices. There is no substitute for location.

AIEA Rutenber Award, 2014

7. Seek the advice and counsel from colleagues across the country and overseas in similar higher education positions, and participate in appropriate professional development opportunities (e.g. Fulbright program, German DAAD, AIEA Presidential Fellows, etc.).

UOIP Staff Meeting, 2009

8. Hire good people at all levels (talented, motivated, and compatible) and give them the resources and latitude to do good work.

Chancellor Vanderhoef in Iran, 2004

9. Be flexible. The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. This is particularly the case when working internationally. There are visa and passport issues, changing government regulations and policies, travel advisories, political unrest, cultural misunderstandings and numerous other challenges that may affect plans for international research, and education and outreach.

Confucius Insitute at UC Davis Grand Opening, 2013

10. Don't take yourself too seriously. Laugh a lot, and maintain a good sense of humor.

Association of Pacific Rim Universities, Chancellor Katehi, 2011

11. Be realistic but don't stop dreaming. It is important to recognize what is possible under the current conditions and work effectively and strategically to implement programs.

UC Davis International Center, Completion Expected in Fall 2016

12. Be visionary. It has been said that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams and strive to realize them.