AUBURN – Andrew Gillespie, the associate dean of international programs at Purdue University, has been named Assistant Provost for International Programs at Auburn University, effective April 15.
“Dr. Gillespie brings to Auburn significant experience in university international leadership and administration,” Auburn University Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “In his academic and administrative work at Purdue, he has provided leadership, support and facilitation of internationalization efforts through program development, faculty support and global outreach.”
As the senior associate dean of international programs at Purdue, Gillespie developed the university’s focus on global learning, integrating international education into academic majors and minors. Since 2002, he has worked with faculty to initiate more than 100 new international education courses, and created overseas programming for undergraduate and graduate students.
Gillespie holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, a joint program with Syracuse University. He earned his master’s degree in forest biology from the University of New Hampshire, and his doctorate in soil science from Purdue University.
At Auburn, he will work with faculty and students to increase the international aspects of academic programs as part of the university’s mission and strategic initiatives through program development, promotion of academic partnerships with foreign institutions and development of study abroad and student and scholar exchange programs. Gillespie will be instrumental in coordinating international research and outreach activities, working with the Auburn Abroad program, International Student and Scholar Services and the Intensive English program.