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May 1, 2012

Christopher Fawson named International Professor of the Year

Economics professor Christopher Fawson was named USU’s International Professor of the Year for his involvement in international education.

“He spearheaded efforts to promote vision as well as the visibility of international education on this campus,” said Mary Hubbard, vice provost for global engagement.

Fawson’s entrepreneurial approach has resulted in the development of diverse international opportunities for USU students. Some of the programs that he has developed include service learning in developing countries, semester and year-long study abroad programs, as well as visits to global corporations around the world.

For the past five years, 344 USU students have participated in the international summer programs offered by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. In addition to that, all MBA students have participated in the global learning experience program. Nearly 200 loans have been made through the SEED (Small Enterprise Education and Development) program, where students have worked in developing countries to train and assist in the development of small businesses.

At USU, Fawson has held positions as director of international programs, vice provost for academic and international affairs and senior associate dean for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

“Through these positions, he led the development of new programs to provide USU students with meaningful experiences in international settings,” said Hubbard. “USU students are stepping through the doors that he has opened.”

- Nadiah Johari