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Heather Ward

Associate Dean of Study Abroad and International Exchanges

Study Abroad Office

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Heather H. Ward is the associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges. She is responsible for coordinating global education opportunities for the College of Arts and Sciences and overseeing operations of the Study Abroad Office. Prior to joining UNC Chapel Hill in January 2019, Ward served as associate director for internationalization and global engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., where she developed programs and resources to support the internationalization of colleges and universities, as well as increased collaboration among global higher education institutions and systems. Ward also led ACE’s efforts to promote the use of technology to deliver global learning and strengthen international partnerships. Ward previously served as associate director for internationalization and outreach at George Mason University (VA) and Director of International Programs at Mary Baldwin University (VA). Her previous experience in international affairs focused on human rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration, and she has held positions with the Vera Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Americas Society, and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. Her passion for global education began with an undergraduate semester in Madrid, Spain, followed by a summer internship and field studies in Guatemala.
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