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Ediz Kaykayoglu Named Executive Director of the Office of International Studies and Programs

Katherine Frank, provost and vice president for academic and student life at Central Washington University, has selected Ediz L. Kaykayoglu to serve as CWU’s new executive director of the Office of International Studies. He begins his new post today.

Kaykayoglu previously served as faculty and the director of Education Abroad at Kent State University. He has worked in higher education since 2003 and has expertise in computer technology, educational technology, and international education.

“I am absolutely delighted that Ediz will be joining our team,” Frank said. “He brings exceptional knowledge and skills to the position, and I am confident that he will help lead the unit into its next phase of development.”

Frank said that under Kaykayoglu’s leadership at Kent State, study abroad participation grew substantially across the university’s international and domestic campuses.

“Ediz helped develop recruitment strategies that resulted in a 26 percent increase in the number of study abroad students last year and collaborated with faculty and colleges to increase faculty-led study abroad programs by 25 percent,” Frank noted.

Kaykayoglu became director of Education Abroad in 2015 and was the assistant director of the program for two years prior. He was Education Abroad manager from 2010 to 2013 and special assistant to the executive director of the Office of Global Education at Kent State from 2009-2010. He also taught information technology courses at Kent State from 2003-2006.

Kaykayoglu has a BS in computer engineering from Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a master’s degree in computer technology from Kent State University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in instructional technology education at Kent State, focusing his research on evaluating online intervention methods to enhance cultural intelligence.

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