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Citadel News Service
31 May 2011

International leadership program moves to The Citadel

The Charleston International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), formerly held at S.C. World Trade Center Charleston, will move to The Citadel June 1.

The program serves the international exchange community and helps build international relationships by coordinating visits for foreign leaders who come to America under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Citadel joins the National Council of International Visitors, a network that administers grants that enable community-based centers to host foreign leaders.

Professor of International Economics Don Sparks will direct the program.

“Dr. Sparks, who has taught at The Citadel since 1986, also served as an economist at the State Department and is highly qualified to head this effort,” said Brig. Gen. Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. “We at The Citadel are proud to be hosting such an important community outreach program. Our students will have the opportunity to meet high level International Visitors, and our community will gain from the exchange of people and ideas.”

The IVLP hosts professional programs, provides cultural activities and offers hospitality to foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars participating in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges. 

International Visitors are current or emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields. More than 4,000 International Visitors come to the United States from all over the world each year. Since its inception in 1940, thousands of distinguished individuals have participated in the IVLP, including more than 326 current and former chiefs of state and heads of government, thousands of cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors.

During the past 18 months the Charleston program has hosted more than 130 International Visitors from 20 countries around the world, including economic development leaders from China; presidential candidates from Panama, Maldives and Sri Lanka; judges and legal scholars from Latin America and many others.


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