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Meet the New Director of International Student Services, Garay Menicucci
Position: Director of International Student Services
Department: Global Engagement Office
Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
Lives: San Mateo, CA, USA
Garay joins the SCU community from the University of California, Santa Barbara, bringing with him sixteen years of experience in international education. In Santa Barbara, Garay served as the Associate Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars for five years. Prior to his work in that position, Garay was UCSB's Assistant Director in the Center for Middle East Studies. He also served for three years as the Acting Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the American University of Cairo. Garay holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. and Ph.D from Georgetown University. Having lived in the Middle East for extended periods of time and traveled to China, international education is something that permeates throughout not only Garay’s professional life, but his personal life as well.
Q & A
1. What inspired you to pursue a career in International Education?
As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley I majored in Soviet Area Studies in Political Science. That started me off on a path of commitment to International Education. I lived for 5 years working as a journalist in the Middle East and then did graduate work at Georgetown in Middle East History. I lived for several years in Syria and the former Soviet Union. There was no turning back. Almost half of my adult working life has been spent abroad -- most of it in the Middle East. There is nothing more pleasing to me than working with international students and traveling all over the world when I am not working.
2. What attracted you to SCU?
I was strongly attracted to SCU because of its deep commitment to international education at every level of its institutional being and to its larger goal of promoting social justice on a global scale.
3. What is something interesting about you that most people wouldn't know?
I like to get to know everything about life in international cities by running marathons in them. I will do the Shanghai Marathon over Thanksgiving.
Posted on 11/04/2013