NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Campus Internationalization Presidential Panel Webcast


November 14, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. EST

In 2017, four institutions were honored with the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and three institutions were honored with the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. In celebration of International Education Week, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 leaders from five of the honored institutions participated in a live Presidential Panel webcast. Watch this annual gathering of leaders from Simon Award-winning colleges and universities as they discuss their successes and challenges in campus internationalization.

Watch the 2017 Webcast



  • Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Martin Simon, Son of the late Senator Paul Simon


  • Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators


2017 Simon Comprehensive Award Winners

  • John Thrasher, J.D., President, Florida State University
  • Bruce Harreld, President, University of Iowa
  • Patrick Gallagher, PhD, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

2017 Simon Spotlight Award Winners

  • Mary Schmidt Campbell, PhD, President, Spelman College
  • Neal J. Smatresk, PhD, President, University of North Texas

Reception Speakers

  • Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Lenore Garcia, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

The Simon Awards celebrate the legacy of the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, a life-long advocate for international education and exchange, recognizing universities and programs that promote international understanding and a more just and peaceful world. For 15 years, NAFSA: Association of International Educators has honored outstanding achievement in campus internationalization. NAFSA provides programs, products, and services to support campus internationalization and to serve the needs of international educators.

Photos from the Event

2017 Senator Paul Simon Presidential Panel