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Marcia Taylor Named Chair Elect of NAFSA Region VII
November 19, 2012

NAFSA: Association of International Educators has named USF’s Marcia Taylor the Region VII Chair-Elect. With some 10,000 members worldwide NAFSA is the leading organization in international education.

“This is a significant recognition for USF to have Marcia’s leadership acknowledged by such a prestigious organization in international education. We are very proud of her accomplishments and know she’ll do an outstanding job” notes Dr. Karen Holbrook, Sr. Vice President for Global Affairs & International Research.

Marcia in the Flag Parade during the 2012 International Festival.

Founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, NAFSA promotes and cultivates professional development of university employees who assist and advise international students.

Marcia is the Director of USF World’s International Services, the main administrative and immigration advising office for more than 2,100 international students and 200 research scholars from 125 countries.

The NAFSA U.S. membership is divided into 11 geographic regions. Regional leadership teams organize conferences, state meetings and workshops for member states. Region VII is comprised of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Region VII has a little over 1,000 members and is one of the three largest.

With a heavy emphasis on creating a global campus, international students are a vital component of internationalizing the University. Part of attracting top students from overseas is the experience they have with the international student staff. International students begin communicating with International Services before they even leave their home country, Marcia and her staff will connect with a student 5-10 times before they arrive.

International Services is responsible for making sure all our international students and scholars are in ‘status’ meaning students are abiding by the regulations set by the Federal government for international students. This requires a lot of up to date training, best practices and collaboration worldwide.

“Our region impressively offers not only an interesting and relevant annual conference, but goes above and beyond to ensure that all members have opportunities to be involved.   The region is known as a welcoming place for young professionals, a place that encourages new ideas, and a group dedicated to achieving the highest standards of training” said Marcia.

This is a four year commitment as Marcia will spend one year as Chair-Elect learning the job and working with the current Chair, the second year she will serve as Chair, the third year she’ll serve as Past Chair and preside over the Nominating Committee and the final year Marcia will be the Membership Chair, responsible for overseeing all membership activities.