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.
In this role, Petrucci will spend two weeks in India in
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.
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.”
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
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
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.