Vanderbilt University names new director of global education office

Vanderbilt University has named Ara Pachmayer director of its Global Education Office (GEO), which provides international learning and global engagement experiences for students.

GEO offers enriching and unique study abroad programs for students, a variety of outreach activities for the university and is the home of the Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement (VISAGE) – a yearlong learning program that combines the university’s commitment to international study with civic engagement. VISAGE is a rigorous service-learning program designed to develop global civic leaders whose scholarship and civic participation help enrich local and global communities.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Pachmayer was associate director of the Office of Study Abroad at Arizona State University where she worked in international education for 10 years. Pachmayer worked closely with faculty and administrators developing and managing study abroad programs and other opportunities for students.

Studying abroad in France during high school and in Italy during college as well as extensive travel while growing up led to Pachmayer’s career in international education. She has traveled throughout North and South America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia.

Pachmayer holds a bachelor’s degree in political economics and international business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in recreation management and tourism from Arizona State University.

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