AVP for International Education and Global Engagement Petrucci Selected for International Program

Posted on 1/26/2018 3:08:00 PM

Michele Petrucci, Indiana University of Pennsylvania associate vice president for International Education and Global Engagement in the Office of International Education, was selected for the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program.

Michelle Petrucci AVP for International Education and Global EngagementIn this role, Petrucci will spend two weeks in India in March.

As a program participant, Petrucci will attend meetings with representatives of Indian universities, private-sector agencies and organizations, and selected government agencies; visit university international offices; and respond to questions about US higher education.

She also will have the opportunity to learn about program designs, organizational structures, quality assurance procedures, and credit and degree expectations in Indian higher education.

“Dr. Petrucci continues to be a leader in all aspects of international education, both at IUP and globally,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland said. “She is truly committed to advancing global education and diversity, and we are justifiably proud of this prestigious appointment. International students and the experiences they bring offer a great deal to our IUP and Indiana communities, and we continue to build on our exchange programs for our own students.”

Currently, Petrucci is the co-author of the International Leaders in Education Program grant at IUP, which hosts international secondary teachers from throughout the globe for an immersive professional development experience, including time at both Indiana High School and Brashear High School in Pittsburgh. The program is in its third year.

She has coordinated numerous international visitors to the IUP community and has been selected for leadership in many international programs, including the US Global Dialogue Fellows; has served on the Fulbright National Screening Committee; and was selected to serve in a leadership role for a program by the Institute of International Education for a new program in Myanmar. She also has been an invited presenter for the national and regional Association of International Educators Conferences.

“In 2005 I was fortunate to be awarded a similar Fulbright in Japan (a four-week program). It was amazing, and I’m honored and excited to, once again, represent IUP, IIE, and the U.S. on the global stage. While IUP has strong connections to India, my hope is the Fulbright-Nehru program will introduce potential opportunities for IUP in a wider range of academic areas,” Petrucci said.

Petrucci has led IUP’s Office of International Education, formerly the Office of International Affairs, since 2003 and joined IUP in 1997. She completed her undergraduate studies at Kenyon College, in Ohio; received a master’s degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa; and earned her PhD from IUP. She served in the Peace Corps in Botswana and lived and studied in South Africa.

On an annual basis, IUP welcomes more than 800 international students from more than 60 countries.