Donna Scarboro, Ph.D.

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Associate Provost for International Programs

Donna Scarboro, Associate Provost for International Programs at the George Washington University, has over 30 years of experience in higher education.  During over 15 years of university teaching, Dr. Scarboro’s courses have included English and Irish literature, the novels of Jane Austen, and intellectual history of Europe during the 18th century. Her administrative roles have included summer sessions, interdisciplinary and experimental curriculum, distance education, gallery management, academic integrity, and more.  International relations of the university and development of study abroad structures and policies became her primary focus in 1996.

Dr. Scarboro serves as the senior administrative officer for international programs at the university, with responsibility for international partnerships and education abroad programs. She chaired GW's International Strategic Planning Council with the charge of strategic enhancement of GW's operations and academic offerings in 2012 and served as a member of the university’s overall strategic planning group in 2013. She served as president of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) in 2012; was a member of the inaugural advisory board of Diversity Abroad; and currently is a member of the board of the Forum for Education Abroad.

Dr. Scarboro is responsible for overseeing George Washington University's international centers, study abroad, and international academic exchange partnerships. In 2012 she launched the Global Humanities Project with GW and two international partner universities; in 2016 she and colleagues from three GW schools selected the first cohort for the pilot Global Bachelors Program.  These and other innovative achievements have made GW a strong player in international education.  All ten GW schools have substantial comparative and international academic concentrations, respected international partners, and key initiatives for professional development and international research.  The campus has over 4,000 international students, among which 150 are typically exchange students each year.  With nearly 50% of undergraduates choosing participation in study abroad and up to 2,000 students traveling internationally for research, study, and internships, GW continues to provide graduate and undergraduate programs to meet the global challenges of the future.