Roy Summerford


AUBURN -- H.N. "Nick" Conrad, who retired from Auburn University's College of Engineering in 1998, has been appointed interim director of Auburnšs Office of International Programs.

Conrad, who returned to university service at the start of fall quarter, directs programs for Auburn students studying abroad and international students at Auburn. The office helps Auburn students identify, arrange and obtain credit for study at American and foreign university sites around the world, and it helps foreign students monitor and comply with U.S. State Department regulations for the students and their families.

"Both for students going abroad and for those coming here from abroad, it is important that we provide seamless transition for the students in dealing with the large number of decision points and obstacles they face in international study," said Conrad.

"There are many opportunities for students to study abroad, including fellowships for which they can compete," he added. "Part of our role is to help them identify these opportunities and guide them through the process."

International Programs is a unit of the Graduate School, but its programs are open to undergraduates, as well as graduate students. Conrad fills the position formerly held by Harlan Henson, who left to become head of the College Consortium for International Studies in Washington, D.C. The search for a permanent director is in its early stages and is expected to take several months.

Before his retirement last year as assistant dean of Engineering, with responsibility for the collegešs Office of Student Services, Conrad had been a faculty member, professional staff member and administrator at Auburn for 20 years, the final 14 in Engineering Student Services. He holds a bacheloršs degree from the University of West Florida and masteršs and doctoral degrees in education from Auburn.

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CONTACT: Conrad, 334/844-5766.