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Cooperative Center for Study Abroad selects board chair

The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) has selected Dr. Royal Berglee as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Berglee is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Morehead State University.

Students in a CCSA winter 2015 course in London visited Buckingham Palace with Dr. Patti Minter from WKU’s History Department. CCSA's summer 2015 courses begin in mid-May.

Students in a CCSA winter 2015 course in London visited Buckingham Palace with Dr. Patti Minter from WKU’s History Department. CCSA’s summer 2015 courses begin in mid-May.

CCSA is a consortium of American colleges and universities that offers study abroad programs and internships in English-speaking regions. A volunteer board of trustees, representing 22 member institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee, leads the not-for-profit organization.

Berglee’s appointment runs for a two-year term. He said he is honored to be elected chair of the board for CCSA and looks forward to see the organization continue to grow and provide study abroad opportunities for our students and faculty.

“I am very pleased with our transition to Western Kentucky University as our base of operations and commend our staff for their hard work and successful efforts in the past year,” Berglee said. “I look forward to working with our member institutions and their representatives for a successful future.”

At the recent Board meeting, CCSA welcomed three new board members:

  • Dr. Ann Andaloro – Morehead State University
  • Michael Hatton – Northern Kentucky University
  • Kristin Labs – University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

CCSA also acknowledged the service and dedication of four outgoing board members:

  • Dr. Sam Faulkner – Morehead State University
  • Dr. Susan Jones – Western Kentucky University
  • Dr. Hugh Prevost – University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
  • Dr. Jeffrey Williams – Northern Kentucky University

CCSA selected WKU to serve as the host institution in the spring of 2014 and moved its offices to Bowling Green in August of last year. The Division of Extended Learning and Outreach serves as the liaison between CCSA and WKU through the Study Away office.

Jerry Barnaby, CCSA Executive Director, said CCSA “has a dedicated group of individuals that provide our students with outstanding learning experience and provided our faculty the opportunity to challenge themselves and their students.”

CCSA’s summer programs begin May 14 with a geography program in Belize. The early Ireland program departs on May 17 with the Belize anthropology program heading out on June 2. The late Ireland program starts July 6. The largest program in London starts on July 9 for a four-week schedule. More than 170 students and 16 and program administrators are slated for the summer 2016 programs.

The next board meeting takes place on Oct. 23-24 in Bowling Green.

The Office of Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, jerry.barnaby@wku.edu or (270) 745-2231

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