Global Affairs’ Lance Askildson named a finalist for Governor’s International Awards

 Lance Askildson

Nomination recognizes leadership of Kennesaw State's international education programs

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 15, 2016) — Kennesaw State Vice Provost Lance Askildson has been named a finalist for a 2016 Governor’s International Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations working to build and strengthen Georgia’s vibrant international business community. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony Oct. 6. 

Askildson, who serves as the University’s chief international officer and head of the Division of Global Affairs, is a finalist in the International Education Program category, one of seven categories to be recognized at the 35th annual event sponsored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in collaboration with the World Trade Center Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. He is among 20 finalists named in all categories and three named in the international education category.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named a finalist for a prestigious Governor’s International Award,” said Askildson. “I am especially pleased that the nomination recognizes the extraordinary work our Division of Global Affairs has been doing to assure that KSU’s students, faculty and community have access to a wide range of opportunities designed to foster international education, global community engagement and intercultural scholarship.”

Askildson, who joined Kennesaw State in 2013, presides over a division comprising two academic institutes, four academic centers, six university departments and a central administration office. The Division of Global Affairs employs nearly 200 full-time, part-time and affiliated faculty and staff members who annually produce or administer more than 200 international studies programs, courses and events. 

Among the division’s award-winning initiatives are an education abroad program that sent more than 800 students abroad in 2015-16 and the “Year of” annual country study, which has featured an intensive, yearlong examination of a different country or region for 33 years — currently the “Year of Russia.” Under Askildson’s leadership, the division this fall launched “Around the World in 80 Days,” an innovative education abroad program that is taking 12 students to four countries on four continents.

“Kennesaw State’s Division of Global Affairs is committed to applied and contextualized international education programs that contribute to students’ ability to be culturally sophisticated, successful and competitive in a globalized economy and workforce,” Askildson said.


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