Warrington professors named UF International Educators of the Year

Gainesville, Fla. – Winners were recently announced for UF’s 2007 International Educator of the Year Awards. Warrington is the proud home of two recipients of the College-wide award: Professors Carol West and Mark Jamison. As directors of two of Warrington’s most active research centers, West and Jamison epitomize the term “Global Gators”!

Carol West
Carol West is a professor of economics and has served as director of the UF Center for International Business Education and Research since 1998. Professor West led the team that obtained initial funding from the U.S. Department of Education for establishment of the Title VI Center. Since then, she has led the way on many global initiatives. Noteworthy activities of CIBER include supporting non-business courses with international business components (in areas as diverse as anthropology and health and human performance), introducing area studies into business courses, providing new study abroad options for business students, and supporting FLAC (Foreign Language Across the Curriculum) courses. UF’s CIBER has also been successful in obtaining renewal of its funding at a higher rate when many programs were cut.

Mark Jamison
Mark Jamison is a lecturer in economics and director of the Public Utility Research Center. He was a key figure in developing the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy, which has been held twice per year in Gainesville since 1997 and reached more than 1,800 professionals from 131 countries to date. Professor Jamison’s leadership has kept the program fresh and relevant, and has extended PURC’s collaborations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. He has expanded the sector training and research to include the development of leadership in infrastructure policy. Under Jamison’s direction, PURC helps government officials and industry managers worldwide identify the best strategies for promoting efficient utility infrastructure.

The UF International Center established this award to recognize outstanding international endeavors by faculty members, in order to support UF’s strategic goal of internationalizing the campus and curriculum. Consideration was given to three main factors: research, teaching, and service.