Awards applaud international work

“Internationalization” is a word used with increasing frequency around Emory.

This spring, at the same time President James W. Wagner announced that Dean Tom Robertson of the Goizueta Business School will leave his post in January to take on a new role as head of internationalization for Emory’s strategic planning process, two awards recognized the gobally minded efforts of a faculty member and an alumnus.

Thomas Remington, professor and chair of political science, received the Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization. Established through a gift from Marianne and Claus Halle and named for the former director of Emory’s Halle Institute, the Creekmore Award is given each year to a faculty or staff member who has advanced the University’s commitment to internationalization. Hamish Taylor ’84MBA, CEO of Vision UK, received the Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award. Now in its third year, the Sheth Award was established by a gift from Mahdu and Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School. The award seeks to recognize Emory’s international alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to universities, governments, private firms, or nongovernmental organizations.

Since his arrival at Emory in 1978, Remington has served as founding director of the program in Russian and East European studies and helped conceive and shape the Halle Institute for Global Learning. As Halle Distinguished Professor from 1997 to 2002, he organized yearly seminars on global topics, engaging more than forty Emory professors and scholars from other universities. Remington also led three Halle Research Seminar delegations to international conferences in Ghent, Brussels, Budapest, and Istanbul, and has organized other international conferences at Emory.

Holli Semetko, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Halle institute, is working with faculty members such as Remington to raise Emory’s global profile. “Emory intends to become, and become recognized as, a truly global university,” she says.

Taylor directs the United Kingdom arm of Vision, a technology and business-design company with clients around the world, including Time Warner, General Motors, and Citibank. Before joining Vision, Taylor spent two years as CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank and also has worked with Eurostar Ltd. and British Airways. In addition to his Emory degree, Taylor holds a master’s degree in economics from St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he was a Bobby Jones Scholar.

“There is a big population of international alumni,” he added, “and I know they share my enthusiasm for Emory.”–P.P.P.



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