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Oxford study-abroad director named interim provost of international affairs

Judith D. Shaw, director of the university’s study-abroad program in Oxford, England, will serve as UGA’s interim associate provost for international affairs beginning May 1.

Shaw will fill the position being vacated by Mark W. Lusk, who will leave UGA April 30 for a similar post at Oregon State University.

Shaw joined the UGA English department faculty in 1976 and in 2000 became director of the Oxford program, UGA’s largest study-abroad program. About 225 undergraduates spend a semester at Oxford each year studying under Oxford faculty. Shaw was a member of the international studies committee at UGA and is on the steering committee for the British and Irish studies program.

“Dr. Shaw has vast experience in international programs and has directed one of the most successful programs at Oxford,” says Arnett Mace, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She has the ability to maximize cooperation among diverse parties. I am very pleased that she has agreed to accept this interim role.”

The office of associate provost for international affairs oversees all of UGA’s international educational programs, including study abroad, exchange programs for students and faculty and cooperative agreements between UGA and educational institutions in other countries. The office also handles matters concerning international students at UGA and visiting international scholars.

Shaw, an authority on medieval literature, drama and culture, started the Oxford program in 1989. In 1999, it became UGA’s first year-round residential study-abroad program when the university purchased a Victorian house in north Oxford as the program’s ­headquarters.