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BC Names New Convocation and International Education Director


Dr. Jeffrey H. Pierson, professor of communications studies at Bridgewater College and a resident of Harrisonburg, has been named the college's director of convocations and international education.

Pierson will provide vision, leadership and direction to enhance and expand Bridgewater’s international education initiatives. As the college's director of convocations, he will design and coordinate the wide variety of programs that address important social issues, including films, speakers and presentations.

“This is certainly a challenging combination of assignments, but Jeff has a master plan to make it all work – a fact that will not surprise anyone at Bridgewater College who knows him well," said Dr. Carol A. Scheppard, vice president and dean of academic affairs. "We are all very excited to see his vision unfold.”

Pierson graduated from North Carolina State University and received his master's degree from Temple University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Before coming to Bridgewater, Pierson taught at The College of New Jersey, Mercer County (N.J.) Community College, Rutgers University and Temple University. Pierson joined Bridgewater's faculty in 1992.

"I am really looking forward to the chance to further develop both programs at the college," said Pierson. "In my view, what connects them is the issue of diversity, bringing a slate of speakers with diverse perspectives to our campus through our lecture series, and raising the awareness of issues related to our increasingly important global community with the international education program activities."

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