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Gil Latz Begins Appointment as IUPUI Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs

Gil Latz
Gil Latz


January 6, 2012

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Gil Latz on January 1, 2012 began his appointment as IUPUI associate vice chancellor for international affairs. The position includes a dual appointment as associate vice president for international affairs for the Indiana University system. He also has an academic appointment as professor of geography in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. As associate vice chancellor, Latz will oversee the IUPUI Office of International Affairs, which serves as IUPUI's hub of international activities.

Latz comes to IUPUI from Portland State, where he served as vice provost for international affairs since 2002 and professor of geography and international studies since 1993.

Latz will assume the dual administrative appointment vacated by Susan Buck Sutton, who retired from IUPUI in 2011 to serve as senior advisor for international initiatives at Bryn Mawr College. Under Sutton’s leadership, IUPUI began a program of comprehensive internationalization that was recognized in 2009 with the Heiskell International Education Award for International Partnerships. In 2011 the campus received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

“IUPUI’s contributions to international education and its definition of internationalization, ‘the wise, informed, and responsible engagement of students, faculty, staff, and the institution itself in the global networks that shape us all,’ has inspired me over the years,” Latz said.
“I am delighted with the opportunity to join colleagues who are making unique contributions – through research, teaching, service, and in partnership with local and global communities – to an understanding of our increasingly interdependent world,” he said.

In addition to serving as vice provost at Portland State, Latz was appointed in 2010 as executive director of the Waseda Oregon Program, a joint venture between Waseda University in Tokyo and Portland State University. The Waseda Oregon Program provides exchange programs in language and culture for undergraduate students at Waseda, and U.S. universities, including Portland State and other Oregon universities.

Latz is also the 2011 recipient of Portland’s Global Business Award which recognizes leadership success.

Latz received his doctorate and master’s degrees in geography from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s in religion and English literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles.