TROY - Arlene Jackson, associate vice president for global initiatives at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will deliver the keynote address at Troy University's commencement on May 6.
Some 800 students representing 31 U.S. states and one territory, and 12 other nations, are expected to participate in the exercises that begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.
Jackson has a rich background in international education. Arlene Jackson was appointed AASCU's director for international education December 2001. She assumed her current role in 2015 to develop and implement national programs and activities that expand and enrich the internationalization of 420-plus AASCU member institutions.
Prior to joining the organization, she was director of the Center for International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, had had worked at the Institute of International Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Operation Crossroads Africa, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Center. Additionally she was a State Department English language officer and has consulted for a variety of organizations, agencies and academic institutions. She also served in the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a specialist for international education to South Africa, Oman, Costa Rica, Madagascar and Comoros. In 2011, she was a thematic advisor for the Fulbright-Hays special president/chief academic officer seminar to Jordan and Oman.
At AASCU, her work has included the development and implementation of a comprehensive partnership program that paired over 200 AASCU institutions with Chinese universities; a 1+2+1 Student Dual Degree Program; (over 135 universities and 3000 students) a U.S.-based mentoring program for Senior Administrators from Chinese Universities; and a familiarization program for American senior University officials held each fall in China.
Jackson holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She did additional graduate work in International Development at Columbia University's Teacher College, and has a certificate from the Harvard School of Education Management Seminar for University Administrators (MDP). In summer 2001, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan. Between 2010 and 2013 she was an honorary visiting scholar at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.