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USF’s Dr. María Crummett Named International Person of the Year
October 29, 2013

The Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade (TBOWIT) has named Dr. María Crummett the 2013 International Person of the Year. The organization annually honors an individual whose work reflects a dedication to the expansion of international business throughout the region. Dr. María Crummett, USF Associate Vice President for Global Affairs, has spent over 15 years building relationships and facilitating opportunities for the international business community.

“TBOWIT is proud to recognize Maria Crummett for her hard work and exemplary business practices. Her contributions to Tampa’s international business community have had an impact that reaches beyond Tampa,” says Regional Director of the Florida Small Business Development Center, Eileen Rodriguez.

Dr. Maria Crummett

Working with numerous local, national and international organizations to promote global opportunities for the Tampa Bay Region, Crummett serves as the Chair of the Education Committee of the newly formed Florida Gulf Coast Brazil Chamber of Commerce and is an advisory board member of the Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council. She has also served as the chair of the Tampa chapter of the District Export Council (DEC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is a member of the steering committee of a regional export initiative, Tampa Bay Metropolitan Export Exchange, with the Brookings Institution.

She also participates in the following state and regional organizations: Florida Network on Global Studies, the Florida Committee on International Education, the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations, the International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Task Force of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Society of International Business Fellows, and the Southeast U.S.-Japan Association.

On campus, Dr. Crummett is responsible for international programming with oversight of Education Abroad, International Services, Peace Corps and Fulbright.

In 1996, she received a Fulbright award to undertake research and lecture at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia; she received a second Fulbright award to Japan in 2009 under the International Education Administrators Program.  In 2012, she was appointed a Fulbright Alumni Scholar Ambassador.

In December 2012, she accompanied Tampa’s Mayor, Bob Buckhorn on an International Trade Mission to Tampa’s Sister City, Barranquilla, Colombia. Along with key international business representatives she worked to develop collaborative relationships with top-level Colombian corporate and governmental leaders.

Nationally, Dr. Crummett has served on boards including the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), the National Security Education Program (NSEP), and the American Council of Education (ACE) Internationalization Project.

Crummett is in good company, the first International Person of the Year award was presented in 2000 and recent awardees include Tampa philanthropists, Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel; Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Francisco Sanchez; Tampa Port Authority’s Director of Marketing and Business Development for Latin America , Jim Pyburn; Asian American Affairs Liaison of the Board of County Commissioners in Hillsborough County, Kimi Springsteen;  and Capt. Carolyn Kurtz, the first female harbor pilot in the state of Florida and one of only 35 in country.

Dr. Crummett will be honored at the 2013 TBOWIT Awards Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tampa Yacht Club. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide scholarships for students pursuing studies in international business.