MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — William Brustein, West Virginia University’s vice president for global strategies and international affairs and Eberly family professor of history, has been recognized for his contributions to international education and leadership in global mobility.
The Institute of International Education presented Brustein with its Centennial Medal during its recent summit in New York. The medal, minted in recognition of its 100th anniversary, was given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with IIE throughout my 20-year career in international education,” Brustein said. “Receiving this recognition is truly an honor. I’m grateful to have had a partner like IIE throughout my career, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future.”
Brustein joined WVU in September 2016, leading the University’s international efforts and the creation of the Office of Global Affairs. Under his leadership, WVU has established Global Portals in China and Bahrain, creating connections with academic, government, alumni and corporate partners in their regions.
Brustein has also championed the creation of the Global Mountaineers Certificate Program. The program develops students’ global competencies, helping prepare them to enter an increasingly globalized workforce. He has also promoted international research and collaboration, furthering opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage globally.
“International education is a vital part of today’s higher education experience,” Brustein said. “Our obligation at WVU is to ensure our students have opportunities to become global leaders. Through education abroad and promoting global competency we can train the next generation of global leaders.”
Prior to joining WVU, Brustein held similar roles at The Ohio State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Pittsburgh.
“Having worked with William for over a decade, I am excited to see his dedication recognized by IIE as part of its centennial celebration,” WVU President Gordon Gee said. “I can think of no one more deserving to receive this award, and we are lucky to have such a recognized leader in the field here at West Virginia University.”
CONTACT: Hank Oliver; Office of Global Affairs
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