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College of Education distinguished alumni among members of Provost’s Global Advisory Council

Two distinguished alumni from the College of Education are among the inaugural members of the Provost's Global Advisory Council, which held its first meeting Thursday, March 23, on the University Park campus.

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Dean David H. Monk, left, chats with Distinguished Alumni Ovid J.L. Tzeng and Eda C.B. Machado de Souza at a reception in advance of the inaugural meeting of the Provost’s Global Advisory Council.
Two distinguished alumni from the College of Education are among the inaugural members of the Provost's Global Advisory Council, which held its first meeting Thursday, March 23, on the University Park campus.

"Alumni Eda C.B. Machado de Souza and Ovid J.L. Tzeng each bring a wealth of experience to this new council," said College of Education Dean David H. Monk. "Eda is founder of the Instituto de Educacao Superior de Brasilia, which has become one of the most

respected institutions of higher learning in Brazil. Ovid is an internationally recognized scholar, and the first Penn Stater to be an elected academician of the Academia Sinica, the most prominent academic institution in Taiwan. Having them share their insights into international education through this council truly will benefit the University and our students."

“The Global Advisory Council is an important next step in building the Global Penn State,” said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs. “We are bringing together diverse perspectives from leaders in academia, industry and governmental and non-governmental organizations to gain collective insight and guidance in shaping the University’s global strategies in the coming years.”

President Eric Barron kicked off the morning session by welcoming the council members and emphasizing that the modern university must deliver more than content to our students. He further clarified that, “we must deliver transformational experiences that add value to the student and to the culture.”

The council is chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, with Adewumi serving as the secretary. The council will serve in an advisory capacity to University leadership.

“We would like the see the council take an active role in identifying opportunities and resources, particularly those that have the potential to build innovative public-private partnerships that can make a significant contribution to resolving major global challenges,” Jones said.

A priority will be the partnerships and programs that have the potential to cross disciplinary boundaries – building on the University’s strengths in interdisciplinary research – and integrate the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research and service.

The council will meet twice a year on Penn State’s University Park campus. Each member is appointed for an initial period of three years and could be renewed for a second term of three year by mutual agreement. 

Inaugural council members, in alphabetical order:

  • Isam Al-Zadjali ’92 EMS, CEO, Oman Oil Co. S.A.O.C. 
  • Barton Cahir ’94 EMS, executive advisor to the chairman, ExxonMobil 
  • Ernest Janssen ’65 LA, oil broker (retired), K.P.I Oil Associates Inc. 
  • Bill Lane ’75 BUS, senior director, Global Government and Corporate Affairs (retired), Caterpillar Inc.
  • Gail Latimer ’83 NURS, chief nursing officer, Cerner Corp.
  • Mary Beth Long ’85 COM, founder and CEO, Metis Solutions
  • Eda C. B. Machado de Souza ’73 EDU, founder, IESB University 
  • George Miller ’73 A&A, managing partner, Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners
  • Gunther Neuhaus, vice president for research, University of Freiburg 
  • Gerald (Jerry) Parsons ’74 Brandywine, chairman and CEO, Communications Test Design Inc.
  • Paul Perreault, CEO and managing director, CSL Ltd.
  • Osborne Phillips ’74 EMS, retired vice chairman, Texaco Overseas Petroleum Co. of Nigeria Inc. 
  • Melinda Rishkofski ’85 LA, partner, Baker Botts LLP
  • H. Paul Roberts ’65 COMM, retired associate dean, international programs, Michigan State University
  • Wayne T. Smith, chairman and CEO, BASF North America 
  • Jyh-Lang (Ovid) Tzeng ’73 EDU, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, University System of Taiwan

For more information about the council, contact Jennifer Theiss at jaw34@psu.edu.

Annemarie Mountz (March 2017)