Kennesaw State names new executive director of global initiatives


Notre Dame’s Lance Askildson to become the University’s senior international officer…

Georgia (May 30, 2013)Notre Dame’s Lance Askildson to become the University’s senior international officer

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KENNESAW, Ga. (May 30, 2013) — Kennesaw State University, a nationally recognized leader in comprehensive campus internationalization, has named Lance Askildson, Notre Dame’s first assistant provost of internationalization, to head the University’s Institute for  Global Initiatives. 

 Askildson, a scholar of applied linguistics and second language acquisition and founding director of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures, will join Kennesaw State as the senior international officer July 1. He replaces Barry Morris, vice provost for strategic initiatives, who has served as interim IGI director since 2011.

 “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Lance Askildson’s stature and experience to provide strategic leadership for IGI,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State. “We have made considerable strides in developing global components across our curriculum and increasing study abroad opportunities for students, as well as research and other collaborative options abroad for faculty. Lance can help us maintain existing global strategic partnerships and develop new ones.”

 At Notre Dame, Askildson works in more than 30 countries around the world developing international studies programs and internationalization initiatives. In his role at Kennesaw State, he will oversee all IGI units, including the Education Abroad Office, Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Center for African and African Diaspora Studies, Global Engagement Programs and Global Admissions. He also will work closely with each of the university’s eight colleges and a variety of campus units to achieve goals related to global learning and engagement. 

Askildson, who holds a Ph.D. in second language acquisition from the University of Arizona, also has been appointed an associate professor of English at Kennesaw State and will begin teaching courses on English language and linguistics in the fall. Bilingual in English and French, he earned a master’s in multilingual/multicultural education and TESOL from Florida State University and a B.A. in history/French language and linguistics from the University of Minnesota.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit