Wesley Milner Named Executive Director of International Programs
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Wesley Milner has been named the University of Evansville’s first executive director of international programs.
Milner currently serves as director of the University’s international studies program, chair of the Department of Law, Politics and Society, and the Austin S. Igleheart Endowed Chair in Political Science. He will begin his new role on January 1.
“We are very fortunate to have a person of Wes Milner’s experience and abilities to establish this new position,” said John Mosbo, UE senior vice president for academic affairs. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”
As the chief international officer, Milner will work with UE faculty and the campus community to fulfill the goal of providing a global education for every student. He will oversee the University’s Office of Study Abroad/Harlaxton College, Intensive English Center, and personnel charged with overseeing scholarships and grants related to student and faculty opportunities abroad.
He will also be responsible for facilitating collaboration across academic and non-academic offices to advance international engagement of students, faculty, and staff on the Evansville campus and at international sites. This will involve the Office of International Admission, the Office of Cultural Engagement and International Services, the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, the Center for Career Development, and the General Education Program, among others.
“Having already worked with such dedicated representatives from the campus community, I am very excited to join with my colleagues as we strive to even higher levels of internationalization,” Milner said. “Building on UE’s existing strengths in global education, I have confidence that the institution can be synonymous with fostering responsible, global citizens.”
Milner came to UE in 1999 as a professor of political science and international studies. His classroom performance earned him the Dean’s Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Milner obtained his undergraduate degree in economics and German from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of North Texas. His career began in Washington, D.C., where he spent several years as a researcher for a government contractor, working closely with a number of security organizations including the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense.
Milner’s international experience includes serving as a visiting professor at Harlaxton College in England, Tokoha Gakuen University in Japan, and the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program.