Gifty Ako-Adounvo appointed Assistant Vice Provost

Gifty Ako-Adounvo appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International AffairsWilliam Brustein, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, has appointed Gifty Ako-Adounvo as the Assistant Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, effective December 1, 2015. Ako-Adounvo served in the interim position for the past six months before stepping into the permanent role. Previously, she held the position of Director of International Students and Scholars.

As Assistant Vice Provost, Ako-Adounvo helps facilitate international opportunities for Ohio State's students, faculty and staff through her leadership at the Office of International Affairs. She is responsible for overseeing education abroad, international student and scholar services, communications, business operations, evaluation and assessment, international education outreach and the development of international agreements and partnerships.

Ako-Adounvo is actively involved in professional organizations, advocating for international education programs and policies that benefit students and faculty. She is highly involved in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where she has presented on issues relevant to international students and the innovative ways in which institutions are meeting those needs. She is also a member of AIEA – Association of International Education Administrators.

Ako-Adounvo is originally from Ghana and received her doctorate in classical studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She has worked at Ohio State since 2004, serving as an assistant professor of Classics and African American and African studies before joining the Office of International Affairs. She has international experience from living, studying and working in Africa, Europe and North America.