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August 2, 2007

Smith College Appoints International Study Dean

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Former Harvard University administrator Leslie Hill was recently named to lead the Smith College Office for International Study.

As associate dean for international study at Smith, Hill will oversee the college’s junior year abroad programs in Geneva, Paris, Hamburg and Florence. Each year nearly half of Smith juniors – about 200 students – study abroad.

“I am honored to collaborate with my new colleagues who are dedicated to international education for Smith students,” said Hill, who began Aug. 1.  “It is a wonderful time to be arriving at Smith, as the college has recently identified international education as a strategic initiative for growth.”

That strategic initiative was identified as part of a plan that will guide the college throughout the coming decade. Among other action items, the plan includes the establishment of a Center for International Studies and Cross-Cultural Communication to bring together in one locale the college’s existing Office for International Study, Office for Associate Dean of International Students and Scholars, American Studies Diploma program and Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures.

Previously, Hill served as an associate director for the Office of International Programs at Harvard. Prior to that post, Hill served as the associate dean for faculty development at Landmark College in Putney, Vt. 

Hill’s background also includes teaching Eastern philosophy and conflict resolution, leading summer programs in India, teaching English in China and serving as the coordinator of admissions and recruitment for the study abroad program at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt.

After receiving a bachelor’s in philosophy at Simmons College in Boston, Hill earned her master’s degree from the School for International Training and the Harvard Divinity School.

“I look forward to getting to know Smith students this fall and meeting parents and alumnae,” said Hill, adding, “I am interested in hearing their stories and views on international experience.”

In addition to Smith’s programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris, students may also study in programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and English-speaking countries in both hemispheres.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. By linking the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, Smith is developing leaders for society’s challenges.  Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country, enrolling 2,800 students from nearly every state and 61 other countries.

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