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McCloud named dean of Haenicke Institute

April 8, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A higher education veteran with broad international experience has been appointed dean of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Donald Grant McCloud Sr., executive director of the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will head the University's international programs and services, effective Aug. 27.

WMU Provost Janet I. Pisaneschi announced the appointment April 3, pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.

"With the appointment of Dr. McCloud," Pisaneschi says, "the University's international efforts are poised to move to a new level that will put a greater focus on ensuring that all of our students graduate with the knowledge they need to live and work in a world that requires a deep understanding and appreciation of the cultures they'll encounter on a daily basis."

In interviewing for the dean position, McCloud described the 21st century global university as one where every graduate is globally functionally literate and some graduates are prepared to step into leadership roles.

"Global functional literacy targets a minimum global knowledge base for every WMU graduate, while students in international studies majors and minors will form the core of the next generation of global leaders," McCloud said.

"As dean of the Haenicke Institute, I will do everything possible to expand and strengthen opportunities for the leadership group to gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to take those leadership roles but also to assure that every WMU graduate understands the world outside the United States and his or her roles in that world."

McCloud has led the Malaysian-American Commission since 2001. The organization was founded in 1963 as a binational Fulbright commission for Malaysia and the United States to promote educational exchange between the two countries.

The commission administers the Fulbright, Humphrey and other U.S. Department of State-funded exchange programs for American and Malaysian scholars and privately funded corporate scholarships for the American Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia, Exxon/Mobil and the GE

Foundation. It also serves as the comprehensive information source on U.S. universities offering placement advising services and test administration for TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and other standardized tests required for admission to U.S. universities as well as some professional tests.

Previously, McCloud was with the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities Inc. at Ohio State University from 1976 to 1988, serving the last nine years as senior associate executive director. A private not-for-profit corporation, the consortium is owned by the Big Ten university presidents. It engages in international contract research, policy planning and implementation, and technical assistance from funds provided by the World Bank, Asian and African Development Banks, U.S. Agency for International Development, and host-country governments.

McCloud also served as an adjunct associate professor of political science for 19 years at Ohio State and has been a visiting associate professor at the University of South Carolina and National Taiwan University; an instructor and Department of English chair at the Joint Embassy School in Jakarta, Indonesia; a visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland and Plano University; and a research associate at South Carolina.

He has written two books and five book chapters as well as written or co-written several journal articles. In addition, he has been a member of the editorial board for Asian Affairs, An American Review since 1991, an external reviewer for Rowman & Littlefield Press since 1995, and a consultant for the World Bank and USAID as well as higher education agencies in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea and the Philippines.

A former Fulbright-Hays Teaching Fellow, McCloud earned his bachelor's degree from Millikin University in 1966 and his doctoral degree from South Carolina in 1974. He has a reading and speaking knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia and a reading knowledge of French.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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