CONWAY, Ark. (April 6, 2022) – Dr. Peter Gess was recently recognized by NAFSA: The Association of International Educators with the 2022 Arkansas State Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of international education, Arkansas State and NAFSA Region III (which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas).

Dr. Gess became the College’s first Director of International Programs in September 2007 and is currently Vice Provost for Engaged Learning and Associate Professor of Politics.

“I’m very honored by this honor from my peers across the state,” Gess said. “I continue to be inspired daily by their efforts to internationalize their own campuses. In today’s world, it is very important that we continue to provide global opportunities and cross-cultural experiences for our students. »

Gess received her BS in Computer Engineering and her MS in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He got his doctorate. in Public Administration from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he worked as a civil service faculty member.

“I was thrilled to be able to present Peter with this year’s Arkansas State Award from NAFSA Region III,” said Allyson Douglass, International Student Advisor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and NAFSA Region III Representative for Arkansas. “I have known Peter since he began his tenure in international education at Hendrix College in 2007. I met him through his efforts to lead the Rwandan Presidential Scholarship Program, which involved a consortium of institutions from the South who have been fortunate to host gifted students over the course of the program Peter is well deserving of this honor and I am proud to call him both a colleague and a friend.


NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest and most diverse non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected and peaceful world today and for generations to come. The organization serves the needs of more than 10,000 international members and educators worldwide at more than 3,500 institutions, in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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