Taylor Named to NAFSA Board

Marcia Taylor, USF World’s director of International Services, is appointed to the regional board of the leading international education organization.

Special to USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2012) – Marcia Taylor, director of USF World’s International Services, has been named Region VII chair-elect of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

With some 10,000 members worldwide NAFSA is the leading organization in international education.

“This is a significant recognition for USF to have Marcia’s leadership acknowledged by such a prestigious organization in international education,” said Karen Holbrook, senior vice president for Global Affairs & International Research. “We are very proud of her accomplishments and know she’ll do an outstanding job.”

Founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, NAFSA promotes and cultivates professional development of university employees who assist and advise international students.

USF World’s International Services is the main administrative and immigration advising office for more than 2,100 international students and 200 research scholars from 125 countries.

Region VII is comprised of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Region VII has a little over 1,000 members and is one of the three largest.

“Our region impressively offers not only an interesting and relevant annual conference, but goes above and beyond to ensure that all members have opportunities to be involved. The region is known as a welcoming place for young professionals, a place that encourages new ideas, and a group dedicated to achieving the highest standards of training” said Taylor.

With a heavy emphasis on creating a global campus, international students are a vital component of internationalizing the university. Part of attracting top students from overseas is the experience they have with the international student staff. International students begin communicating with International Services before they even leave their home country.

Taylor will spend the first year of her four year appointment as chair-elect and learning the job and working with the current chair. The second year she will serve as chair, the third year she’ll serve as Past Chair and preside over the Nominating Committee and the final year Taylor will be the membership chair, responsible for overseeing all membership activities.