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BSC School of Business Dean Attends Maxwell Scholar-Diplomat Program in Washington, DC (w/photo)

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    Thursday, April 15 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

Dr Steve Bourne(Bluefield)—Dr. Steve Bourne, Dean of the School of Business at Bluefield State College, attended the recent John A. Maxwell Scholar-Diplomat Program in Washington, D.C.  Organized by the West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS), the program featured an outstanding group of ambassadors, statesmen, diplomats, and international policy experts.

The FACDIS faculty development program attracted 11 academic leaders from West Virginia institutions of higher education.  “Our speakers addressed political, economic, and defense-related topics and provided insight and perspective on how China and India view their relationships with the United States,” Dr. Bourne observed.  “We also heard from representatives of leading ‘think tanks’ like the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.”

Experts told attendees about the opportunities and challenges faced by India and China.  “In China, for example, the urban population is growing at a rate of about 20 million people per month,” Dr. Bourne continued.  “The Chinese are addressing the challenges involved in building the infrastructure to accommodate this tremendous urban growth.”

The quality of speakers throughout the three-day program served as an outstanding resource for educators to help students become informed and involved world citizens.  The program, named in memory of the late John A. Maxwell, former co-director of FACDIS, is funded through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.