On Tuesday, May 26, Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), announced that Margot Gill has been appointed to the newly created role of administrative dean for International Affairs, effective July 1.

In this new role, Gill will support and implement international initiatives of the FAS, as defined by the faculty. She will serve as a liaison to and key negotiator with foreign governments, international corporations, foundations, and NGOs on behalf of the FAS.

For more than 20 years, Gill has served as administrative dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ (GSAS). In this role, she served as GSAS’s point person and primary negotiator for all new interfaculty Ph.D. programs, including the recently established Ph.D. in education and consolidated Ph.D. in religion. Internationally, she has met with alumni, foundations, universities, and foreign governments who seek to increase their country’s research capacity through the training of graduate students and postdoctoral students. She has also been a strong supporter for GSAS international students and created the Graduate School’s English Language Program (ELP) that serves as a model for Intensive English language training and acculturation to the American Classroom.

“Margot has a profound understanding of what needs to be done and unrivaled experience in getting it done when it comes to establishing important, new academic agreements with foreign governments and international institutions,” said Smith. “I am thrilled that she has accepted this new role.”

“I am excited by the opportunity to advance FAS goals in the international arena,” said Gill, “And I am especially pleased to be working with our world-class faculty and students on developing stronger ties throughout the world.”