CSU Prof to Lead University System European Presence

Columbus State University history professor Neal McCrillis has been chosen as chair-elect for the University System of Georgia European Council.

NealElected by his colleagues on the council, McCrillis three-year term will begin in May.

Neal McCrillis brings new vision, leadership, and management skills to the system's European Council, said Rick Sutton, director of international programs and services for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

He enjoys broad respect among colleagues across the state, and Im confident that under his direction the council will continue to strengthen the important services it offers to Georgia students and faculty, Sutton added.

The council is the largest of the university systems world regional councils and is responsible for organizing five university system study abroad programs that serve approximately 350 students and 35 faculty members annually. I will have general responsibility for these programs as well as other activities such as faculty seminars, said McCrillis, who also serves as director of CSUs Center for International Education.

McCrillis is the first CSU faculty member to be selected as chair of a world regional council. He previously served as chair of the USG Faculty and Curriculum Committee (2000-03) and served as European Council vice chair (2003-06).

McCrillis said his appointment reflects the reputation CSU has established for international education. We are recognized across the USG for our leadership in the African Studies Certificate, study abroad scholarships, visiting scholars program and the recent creation of the International House. Incidentally, this year, we are anticipating that approximately 150 students will study abroad, a 51 percent increase over last year.