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2-8-06

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Iowa State names finalists for Office of International Students and Scholars

AMES, Iowa -- Three finalists have been named in the search for a director of Iowa State University's Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). They are James Dorsett, director of the Office of International Students and Scholars at Wayne State University, Detroit; Richard Porter, coordinator of International Students and Scholar Services at the University of Missouri, Columbia; and Dawn Renze Wood, director of campus operations at Kaplan University, Davenport.

The finalists will interview on campus in the next two weeks. Their visits will include a one-hour open forum in the Memorial Union as follows:

  • Dorsett: Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m., Pioneer Room
  • Wood: Feb. 17, 2-3 p.m., Great Hall
  • Porter: Feb. 21, 2-3 p.m., South Ballroom

ISS assists students, faculty and temporary scholars from foreign countries with issues such as immigration requirements and U.S. employment laws, as well as with cultural, social and financial concerns. Terry Mason, director of ISU's Student Counseling Service, has served as interim director of ISS since June 2004, when former director Dennis Peterson retired from Iowa State.

Following is more information about the finalists:

Prior to leading the Office of International Students and Scholars at Wayne State University, Dorsett served as assistant director for services in the Office of International Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (2000-2002). At the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, he was assistant director for service and admissions in the Office of International Studies and Programs (1998-2000), and an international student adviser (1996-1998). He is the NAFSA Association of International Educators Region V Chair-Elect. Dorsett earned master's degrees in higher education administration and Russian history from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a bachelor's degree in history from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Porter has served as coordinator of International Students and Scholar Services at Missouri since 2002. From 1999 to 2002, he was an international student counselor at the University of Houston's International Student and Scholar Services. He has been an English lecturer at Hokuriku Gakuin Junior College in Kanazawa, Japan, and a language instructor with TDK Corp., Nagano prefecture, Japan. Porter is a member of the NAFSA Association of International Educators Region IV leadership team and the Missouri State Representative, and he is a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Educators. Porter holds a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in communication design (instructional technology) from California State University, Chico.

Prior to joining the staff at Kaplan University, Wood served as assistant director of the International Student Center at San Diego State University (1995-2004) and an English as a Second Language teacher at Edward Benesova Zakladni Skola in the Czech Republic. She is a member of the NAFSA Association of International Educators and received the Regional Outstanding Service Award in 2004. Wood is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Educators. She received her master's degree in intercultural and international management from the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vt. and a bachelor's degree in business administration and psychology from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

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Open forums

  • Dorsett: Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m., Pioneer Room
  • Wood: Feb. 17, 2-3 p.m., Great Hall
  • Porter: Feb. 21, 2-3 p.m., South Ballroom