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Allan E. Goodman, President of the Institute of International Education, to Speak at Stevens’ 149th Commencement

Sixth president of the Institute of International Education and founder of World Innovative Summit for Education will deliver the commencement address to Stevens’ graduate class

(Hoboken, N.J. – May 3, 2021) –Allan Goodman, the president of the Institute of International Education (IIE), will deliver Stevens’ 2021 Graduate Commencement address on Thursday, May 27, President Nariman Farvardin announced. 

Through his work at IIE, Goodman promotes the exchange of scholars and students; rescues scholars, students and artists from persecution, displacement, and crises; and conducts research on international academic mobility. Additionally, he oversees the administration of the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State and more than 200 corporate, government, and privately sponsored programs. 

Goodman is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, as well as a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and serves on the selection committees for the Rhodes and Schwarzman Scholars and the WISE and Yidan prizes. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the board of trustees of the Education Above All Foundation.

“Dr. Goodman is a preeminent ambassador for global education, having dedicated his career to opening pathways for curious minds to explore scholarly interests, free from persecution,” said President Farvardin. “As we mark this important day for our graduate students, many of whom hail from around the globe, we are inspired by Dr. Goodman’s work as an example of what can be achieved by building bridges and creating common understanding through international exchange.”

Throughout his career, Goodman has worked to promote the expansion of education. Prior to becoming president of the IIE, Goodman was executive dean of the School of Foreign Service and a professor at Georgetown University. He also served as a presidential briefing coordinator for the director of central intelligence and as special assistant to the director of foreign assessment center in the Carter Administration. 

Goodman earned his doctorate in government from Harvard University and received his MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor’s from Northwestern University, and has received several decorations for his work in promoting educational exchange and scholar rescue from the governments of France, Germany, and Norway. 

The Graduate Commencement ceremonies will take place over the course of two days and divided into three smaller, in-person commencement ceremonies at the Meadowlands Expo Center for the Class of 2021. Each graduate will be permitted two guests in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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