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OVPGA Appoints New Director of Global Partnerships

January 31, 2022
UNC Global Affairs
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Krista Northup is the new director of partnerships in the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs (OVPGA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce that Krista Northup will serve as the director of global partnerships, effective January 31, 2022. 

In this role, Northup will provide strategic guidance to the vice provost and support colleagues across campus in developing and managing Carolina’s extensive portfolio of international partnerships. Northup brings a unique mix of U.S. and international university and organizational experiences from previous roles. 

“With tremendous experience in partnership development and establishing sustainable international strategies, Krista is a highly respected advisor in the international higher education sector,” said Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer. “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Krista to our team.” 

Northup will work closely with Stephenson to advance strategic objective 7.1 of Carolina Next, “Strengthen global partnerships and bring the world to Carolina with enhanced on-campus global programming.” Northup will lead on shaping and implementing the university’s global partnership strategy, promote innovative models and approaches that strengthen the University’s global relationships and reputation, and assess the impact of UNC-Chapel Hill’s global partnerships. 

“I am thrilled to be joining UNC-Chapel Hill,” Northup said. “Global partnerships have never been more important than they are today and I look forward to the opportunity to support Carolina’s faculty, staff, and students with existing partnerships and new engagements aligned to the strategic goals of the university.”

Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Northup led the North America team at Sannam S4, a higher education consultancy organization specializing in global operations. Krista was previously the director of university partnerships at Cambridge Education Group (CEG) where she developed strategic relationships between CEG and institutions in North America and built sustainable recruitment and education pathways for international students. 

Krista gained experience in the international higher education landscape as the University of Melbourne’s regional manager for North America, where she directed the university’s international engagement strategy with universities in North America, industry associations, government stakeholders and journalists. Krista’s experience in international partnerships also stems from her time at Australian Education International, where she was the primary liaison between North American and Australian education providers to establish and advance bilateral relationships.  

Krista holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Washington College and an MBA from Charles Sturt University in Australia. 

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