Sara Allaei named interim associate vice chancellor for international affairs

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During Gil Latz's tenure at IUPUI, international student enrollment surpassed 2,000. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Sara Kurtz Allaei's journey at Indiana University began some 33 years ago, when she enrolled in a master's program in Bloomington after teaching English in an adult education program in Egypt. The overseas experience proved transformational, motivating her to pursue a U.S. re-entry strategy toward a career with a strong international dimension.

On Jan. 1, she will become the interim associate vice chancellor for international affairs at IUPUI.

Gil Latz, the departing associate vice chancellor, is taking a new position as vice provost for global strategies and international affairs at The Ohio State University. During his tenure, international student enrollment at IUPUI surpassed 2,000.

Allaei, who in 1987 became the first full-time lecturer in IUPUI's English as a Second Language program, now the English for Academic Purposes program, joined the Office of International Affairs in 1991. In addition to her interim associate vice chancellor duties, she will also continue to serve as assistant vice president for international services at Indiana University.

"Sara is the ideal person to continue to provide leadership for international affairs at IUPUI, given her long tenure at our university and deep knowledge of our campus and the operations of the Office of International Affairs," said Kathy Johnson, IUPUI executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

In her position as interim associate vice chancellor, Allaei will be a member of the IUPUI leadership team as well as a member of the Council of Deans, the Academic Deans group and the Forum Council.

"As a member of the Office of International Affairs since 1991, I've had the privilege of being deeply involved with the office's outreach and support services as the campus vision for international engagement has grown," Allaei said. "Together with my colleagues in the OIA, I look forward to continuing our efforts to strengthen and support IUPUI internationalization priorities during the period of the search."

A national search for the associate vice chancellor for international affairs has begun. The search committee is chaired by Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Joining Pasic and Allaei as members of the search committee are:

  • Stephen Hundley, senior advisor to the chancellor and professor of organizational leadership.
  • Karen Bravo, vice dean and professor of law at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
  • Gabriel Filippelli, professor of geology and director of the Center for Urban Health at the School of Science.
  • Boyd Bradshaw, chief enrollment officer and associate vice chancellor for enrollment management in the Division of Enrollment Management.
  • David Russomanno, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology.
  • John Wilkerson, assistant vice president for international services and director of international admissions in the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.
  • Khadija Khaja, associate professor in the IU School of Social Work.
  • Mary Beth Riner, professor of nursing in the IU School of Nursing.
  • Thom Upton, associate dean for faculty affairs and professor of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts.
  • Lin Zheng, clinical associate professor of accounting in the IU Kelley School of Business.
  • Leslie Bozeman, director of curriculum internationalization in the Office of International Affairs.

The student representative on the search committee is Benjamim Eduardo, previous international peer-mentoring program mentor and graduate student in the School of Liberal Arts. Community representatives are Peter Kirkwood, a protocol officer in The International Center and Ansuyah Naiken, a global competency training manager in The International Center.