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International Education Leader Allan Goodman to Address SU Graduates

Published on April 26, 2013

Allan E. Goodman, president of the Institute of International Education (IIE), will address graduating seniors and invited guests as the featured speaker at Susquehanna’s 155th commencement ceremony May 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the field house of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex.Allan Goodman

The IIE is the leading nonprofit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. It administers the Fulbright program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and more than 250 other corporate, government and privately supported programs.

Goodman will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, as will former ambassador to Bahrain Donald C. Leidel, and Lucille M. Arthur, widow of 1949 Susquehanna graduate and emeritus board member Douglas E. Arthur.

Approximately 500 students are expected to graduate this spring. Most will choose to wear colorful study-away sashes reflecting the countries where they pursued their Global Opportunities (GO) program. The Class of 2013 is the first to have entered Susquehanna under the cross-cultural requirement implemented in 2009. The university guarantees that every student will spend at least two weeks off campus, living and studying in an unfamiliar culture, followed by a credit-bearing critical reflection course during which they consider how the experience changed them. More than 80 percent of the class chose to study abroad, while the remainder completed a U.S. experience that involved immersion in an unfamiliar culture. Domestic opportunities included Hurricane Katrina cleanup in New Orleans and exploration of the Navajo Nation in the American West. All told, the Class of 2013 traveled more than 4 million miles.

Susquehanna’s GO program is the only one of its kind in the country. In March, Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons accepted the prestigious 2013 Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus, presented by the IIE, in recognition of the GO program and other initiatives. The Heiskell is the most-coveted international education award.

Commencement day will begin with a Baccalaureate service, a festive ecumenical event of praise and thanksgiving, scheduled for 10 a.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium. A commencement luncheon for graduating students and guests will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center’s Evert Dining Room. Commencement coverage will be available on www.facebook.com/susquehannau and by following #susqu2013 on Twitter.

Allan E. Goodman

Before his tenure as the sixth president of the Institute of International Education, Goodman was executive dean of the School of Foreign Service and professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of books on international affairs published by Harvard, Princeton and Yale university presses. He served as presidential briefing coordinator for the director of central intelligence in the Carter Administration.

Subsequently, he was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing, helped create the first U.S. academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam.

Goodman has served as a consultant to Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the United States Information Agency and IBM. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), co-president of the Partner University Fund (PUF) Grant Review Committee, and a member of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program and the Jefferson Scholarship selection panels. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the board of trustees of the Education Above All Foundation.

Goodman has a Ph.D. in government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University. He also holds honorary degrees from Chatham and Toyota universities, Dickinson, Middlebury, Mount Ida and Ramapo colleges, and The State University of New York. He has received awards from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, South Florida and Tufts universities, and the Légion d’honneur from France. He was awarded the inaugural Gilbert Medal for Internationalization by Universitas 21 in May 2012.

Donald C. Leidel

Leidel has had a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. and countries around the world while serving 41 years in government service with the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of State.

Following an internship at the state department in 1961, he led its training program for Foreign Service employees. He also served as dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute; executive director of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; executive director of the Bureau of European Affairs; and deputy director of management operations, a position for which he received the department’s Superior Honor Award.
Leidel was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain in 1983, and served as the country’s top U.S. diplomat for three consecutive years and again for a brief period in 1989. In retirement, his work included consultancies with the Foreign Ministry of Slovakia and the Foreign Ministry of Oman.

In August 1992, Secretary of State James Baker III presented him with the John Jacob Rogers Award for his selfless dedication to public service and distinguished achievements in American diplomacy.

In 1994, Leidel served as the Scarff distinguished professor of diplomacy at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. He holds a bachelor’s degree and two law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and graduated from Officer Candidate School as a distinguished graduate in 1952.

Lucille M. (Groff) Arthur

Lucille Arthur is the widow of 1949 Susquehanna graduate Douglas E. Arthur, who received an honorary degree from the university in 1996 and served as a voting and emeritus member of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. Born and raised in the Harrisburg area, Lucille worked for Nationwide Insurance.

For many years, the Arthurs took a personal interest in making a Susquehanna University education possible for students. In 1987, they established a scholarship in their names to support students with strong academic credentials from the Millersburg (Dauphin County) area.

They were also enthusiastic supporters of Susquehanna’s athletics program, frequently attending Crusader football games and Quarterback Club luncheons on campus. Together, the Arthurs made a commitment to endow the athletic director position at Susquehanna.

In 2004, Lucille made a gift in honor of her husband to commemorate his steadfast encouragement of fellow graduates in supporting their alma mater. Her gift gave life to the Douglas E. Arthur Plaza on campus, at the front of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, which recognizes members of the Susquehanna Society, whose lifetime contributions to the university exceed $1 million.

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