Michael Stopford to lead international affairs at UNK

Michael Stopford

KEARNEY – Michael Stopford has been hired as the new assistant vice chancellor for international affairs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He begins Feb. 16.

Stopford brings a wealth of experience to the position. Since 2011 he has served as executive vice president of higher education and global corporate strategy for public relations firm Weber Shandwick.

His career path also includes work from 2008-11 with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as deputy assistant secretary general for strategic communications services/science for peace and security.

Stopford also worked in public affairs, international affairs and government relations at American University in Washington, D.C., Exxon Mobil Corp., Syngenta International and The Coca-Cola Co.

In his new position, Stopford is the institution’s senior international officer and leads UNK’s strategic development in international affairs. He is responsible for a larger focus on international strategy, fundraising for international initiatives and development of an international alumni relations program.

Stopford also directs and oversees UNK’s Office of Study Abroad, English Language Institute, Office of International Admissions and Immigration Services, and the university’s International Outreach and Engagement Programs.

Nearly 500 international students are enrolled at UNK: most are undergraduates, with the largest representation from Japan, China and South Korea.

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Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454, gottulatm@unk.edu
Contact: Charles J. Bicak, Senior Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs, 308-865-8209

2 thoughts on “Michael Stopford to lead international affairs at UNK

  1. Sounds great! Hope we see a lot more international students in the coming years!

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