The Forum Board of Directors announces the appointment of Jon V.C. Booth as The Forum’s Interim Executive Director. Jon is well known in international education and study abroad with more than 40 years’ experience in the field. He served as Executive Director of SU Abroad at Syracuse University, Director of the International Study and Travel Center at the University of Minnesota, and in advising positions at the University of Michigan and the Experiment in International Living/School for International Training. Jon also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in India. Jon has held numerous leadership positions at NAFSA, including Vice President and National Conference Chair, and Chair of SECUSSA, and was awarded Life Membership in 2012. Jon was a Founding member of the Forum Board, Chair of the Standards Committee, member of the team that developed The Forum’s Professional Certification Program, and received the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award in 2012. Jon was interviewed and featured in season 1 episode 5 of the Forum Storytellers podcast, in which he describes what motivated his work and shares his favorite memories from his career in education abroad.
The term of the Interim Executive Director will be approximately six months as the Board conducts a search for a new chief executive. Further information on the process will be provided to the membership as the search proceeds.