Blenman to serve as interim director of International Programs

Louisa Blenman, interim director of International Programs. (International Programs)
Louisa Blenman, interim director of International Programs. (International Programs)

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Clark has appointed Louisa Blenman as interim director of International Programs.

Blenman succeeds Jim Pitts, who retired June 30 after a distinguished 56-year career at Florida State.

“International Programs is a great point of pride for the university, and I deeply appreciate Lou Blenman for her leadership as we continue to provide incredible study abroad opportunities and global experiential learning experiences for our students,” Clark said.

As interim director, Blenman will build upon 30 years of experience and expertise in international education. She has worked for FSU International Programs since 2004 and served as associate director since 2018. She also currently serves on the boards of charities and foundations associated with each FSU international study center and the FSU International Programs Association Direct Support Organization.

“I very much look forward to building on the solid foundation and successes of International Programs as we work toward complementing our current outstanding education abroad opportunities with new approaches to programs abroad,” Blenman said. “I am also pleased to work with Provost Clark and other campus leaders to explore how IP can support other university priorities. I am grateful to be in this position at a time of so much enthusiasm for global initiatives.”

Before International Programs, Blenman spent a decade working in study abroad in London after completing a prestigious internship at the Fulbright Commission.

Blenman is a two-time graduate of FSU. She earned a Master’s in Higher Education from the College of Education (now the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) in 1994 and an MBA from the College of Business in 2012.

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