Executive Office

The Executive Office of Illinois International serves the central operations of Illinois International and is led by the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies.

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Professor Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela

Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies


mabokela@illinois.edu

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Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela is the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies (VPIAGS) and Professor of Comparative and International Higher Education. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she served as the Assistant Dean for International Studies in the College of Education and Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Originally from South Africa, she received her BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She pursued and graduated with a Master’s in Labor & Industrial Relations and Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former Fulbright New Century Scholar (2006), Professor Mabokela’s research examines experiences of marginalized populations and aims to inform institutional policies that affect these groups within institutions of higher education. She has devoted a significant part of her career studying higher education issues in developing and transitional countries. She is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of seven books and has published extensively in national and international journals.


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Julie Misa

Executive Director for Administration and Management


(217) 333-6104
jmisa@illinois.edu

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Julie joined Illinois International in July 2015 as Executive Director for Administration and Management. In this position she provides leadership, direction and oversight to the administrative services within the Executive Office, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Office of Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange. Prior to joining Illinois International, Julie was director of ISSS, where she was responsible for the leadership and overall management of the office. Julie earned her B.A. in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies and M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development with an emphasis on bilingual counseling, both from the University of Iowa.


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Amy Hubbard

Administrative Assistant


(217) 333-6104
hubbrd@illinois.edu

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Amy joined the University in 2008 and brings with her 20 years of Administrative and Event Planning experience. She serves as the Assistant to the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies (VPIAGS). She holds an executive leadership position in the Office of Illinois International Programs. As a member of the executive team, Amy directs all aspects of general operations and administration of the office.


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Veerle Opgenhaffen

Communications


(217) 333-6104
veerle@illinois.edu

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Veerle first joined Illinois International in August 2014 as Associate Director of Advancement, a role that oversaw the unit’s communications, stewardship, and fundraising efforts. In February 2016, she was appointed as Director of Global Communications and Protocol, a leadership position that oversees international communications for the university; management of the University of Illinois’ China office in Shanghai and India office in Delhi; and strategic international travel for senior campus leadership. Prior to joining Illinois International, she spent seven years as the Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law, where she oversaw the Center’s operational management, fundraising, and communications efforts. Previously, she worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York as a Communications Associate. Veerle earned her B.A. in International Affairs and Languages from Antioch College (1996) and her M.A. in International Affairs and Human Rights from the New School University (2003).


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Jill Ouellette

Office Support Specialist


(217) 333-6104
ouellett@illinois.edu

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Jill joined Illinois International as an Office Support Associate in May 2014. Before joining Illinois International, Jill was an H&R Block Office Manager for 10 years. Jill received her B.A. in Business Administrations from DeVry University of Tinley Park in 2007. She is the main contact for room reservations within several Illinois International buildings, assists human resources with new hire and termination processing, and supports the Illinois International Office Manager.


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Paul Roberts

Network Specialist I


(217) 244-1720
paulr1@illinois.edu

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Paul joined Illinois International in 1990. As a Network Specialist, he provides day-to-day IT support to Illinois International and other units across campus. Paul also works closely with the University’s Technology Services Department. Paul brings 20 years of experience to his position, having developed some of the first “International Programs and Studies” web pages and the International Studies network.


Contact

Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies
507 E. Green St., Suite 401
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-6104
Email: international@illinois.edu