The Catholic University of America

Dec. 12, 2007

Catholic University Creates Center for Global Education

A new Center for Global Education has been established at The Catholic University of America, under the direction of Tanith Fowler Corsi, who will assume the newly created position of assistant vice president for global education on Jan. 4.

Fowler Corsi will come to CUA from George Mason University, where she served as associate director of GMU's Center for Global Education.

The new center, developed under the university's strategic plan, will serve as the coordinator and facilitator for the logistics of the university's global education efforts for international students as well as students studying abroad.

The current Office of International Student and Scholar Services and various study abroad programs will move to the center. Although the center will act as the central resource for global education, oversight of the academic content of such programs will be retained by the leadership of the individual schools of the university.

"The newly organized Center for Global Education underscores the importance of international experiences for both the preparation of students for the world they will navigate as well as the research goals of the faculty and staff, which rely increasingly on the multinational collaborations of scholars," says CUA Provost James Brennan.

"Under the leadership of Ms. Tanith Fowler Corsi, our existing efforts, which are significant, will be facilitated by professional expertise and coordinated in a way that will leverage our resources efficiently. Consistent with the university's strategic plan, our objective is to make the global agenda a centerpiece of the university, supporting signature programs in service to students, staff and faculty."

Fowler Corsi was raised in Monaco and completed the French Baccalaureate with honors in literature and philosophy at the Institution Saint-Maur in her home country in 1988. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations at the University of California, Riverside, and completed her master's degree in international relations/international communications at American University in 1995. In 2005, she created and helped implement the Washington Area Study Abroad Network, which includes 10 academic institutions in the metropolitan region.

She speaks English and French and has conversational fluency in Italian and Spanish.