Katie Bowler Young
Interim Senior Director for Global Partnership and Programs
Global Partnership and Programs
Katie Bowler Young is interim senior director for Global Partnership and Programs in the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs. Since 2011, she has led Carolina’s partnerships with universities and organizations around the world. She has developed and overseen academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, and cultural programming, including international visits, keynote lectures, art exhibitions, and global education initiatives.
During the 2020-21 academic year, Young and her team launched Carolina’s first institutionally supported Collaborative Online International Learning program (COIL), expanding the portfolio of transformative, inclusive global education opportunities at Carolina and introducing 38 COIL courses in the pilot phase. Her leadership on the program was recognized in a nomination for a 2021 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the category of Innovation and Efficiency.
Young and her team are also responsible for international agreements; global communications; events; grant-writing and research; and aspects of operations and issue management. Additionally, Young is Carolina’s liaison for the UNC-King’s College London Strategic Alliance, a partnership that includes more than 20 areas of study and research.
In 2019, Young received a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrator award. During her tenure, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, awarded UNC-Chapel Hill the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for its partnership with Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, featuring a joint research center in the Galápagos Islands.
Young also has many years of experience in communications and print media. She was previously assistant dean for communications at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was editor of Carolina Law magazine. Prior, she led communications at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she was editor of the award-winning Global Health magazine. Young also served as senior editor of Carolina Passport, a student-led magazine within the Global Partnerships and Programs office. She has earned awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, the American Public Health Association, and the American Association of Port Authorities.
Young is a member of the North Carolina Coalition for Global Competitiveness and co-chairs its Partnerships and Communications subcommittee.
She is the author of Enrique Alférez: Sculptor (The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2021) and two books of poetry, Through Water with Ease (Louisiana Literature Press, 2019) and State Street (Bull City Press, 2009). She earned degrees from the University of New Orleans and Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
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