Marian University announced that Anthony Shull has been hired to serve as the Robert H. McKinney Chair of International programs, with responsibility for building collaborative agreements with foreign universities, increasing study abroad opportunities, and attracting more international students to study at Marian University.
Shull joins Marian University from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he served as the Executive Director for International Affairs. He has held a variety of positions in higher education dating back to 1999, including stops in Mexico City, Cambridge, England, and the University of Central Missouri.
“Anthony brings a wealth of valuable experience to Marian University,” Paul Woolston, Marian University vice president of enrollment management, said. “Over the years, he has developed international relationships with universities, government officials, and business leaders that will allow him to immediately impact the globalization of the Marian University campus. We had a number of qualified applicants, but Anthony’s credentials clearly stood out above the rest.” Marian University officials announced in May that they were conducting a national search to identify candidates for the position.
The Robert H. McKinney Chair of International Programs is a newly created position funded by a $1 million donation from local philanthropist Robert H. McKinney, who said, “The heart of Marian University’s strategic plan is focusing on transformational leadership. In today’s world, it is essential that leaders have a view of cultures outside of the United States. Students need study abroad experiences to fully appreciate a view of the world. And these experiences can be life transforming. With the great work that Marian University has done within Central Indiana, I know that students who graduate from Marian University with more study abroad experiences and an increased number of international students on campus will be the ones who actually change the world."
Many universities across the nation point to the rapidly changing global economy as a reason for growing their international programs. A recent report from The McKinsey Global Institute found that worldwide, approximately 40 percent of job growth in advanced markets like the United States is going to foreign nationals because of their language skills and cross-cultural competency. Universities believe that study abroad experiences, combined with campus globalization efforts, will help their graduates compete in the global marketplace. Research supports that, by engaging in international exchanges, students will learn how to interact with their peers, have better grades, experience less attrition and graduate from college at a higher rate than their peers.
Marian University has established aggressive goals for growing its international base. By the 2017-18 academic year, Marian University expects to double its number of collaborative agreements with foreign universities. In the same time frame, it is expected that 25 percent of Marian University undergraduate students will study abroad, and the number of international students attending classes in Indianapolis will more than double. Marian University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, including students in its graduate programs its College of Osteopathic Medicine.