Dr. Nell Pynes will retire as associate provost next summer

Posted on November 06, 2019

Dr. Penelope Pynes will step down as associate provost of international programs on June 30, 2020.

During her tenure here at UNCG she has spearheaded many initiatives, including co-chairing UNCG’s ACE Internationalization Lab (2010-12) and most recently serving as the director of our Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan (GE QEP), a direct extension of the ACE Lab experience. A leader in the field and frequent presenter at conferences promoting international education, she has widely shared UNCG’s story.

She joined UNCG in 1991 as a newly appointed faculty member in the Department of German and Russian just as the International Programs Center was being founded and quickly became involved in all things international on campus helping to establish international partnerships and advising prospective study abroad students. She served as director of Study Abroad and Exchanges from 2001 to 2008, and since then as associate provost.

She is particularly proud of leading a team of consummate international educators who have worked consistently across campus and beyond to move internationalization from the periphery to the core of our institution.

She is looking forward to continuing her connection to international education leadership over the next few years as a senior associate for Internationalization with the American Council of Education (ACE) while spending more time outdoors.

A national search for her successor will launch this fall. Dr. Omar Ali has been selected to chair the search committee. More details will be announced soon.


By Mike Harris

Photography by Jiyoung Park


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