Vice Provost for Penn State Global
Penn State University, USA

Roger Brindley

Trends in the Internationalization of Higher Education in the United States: The Perspective from Penn State
This talk explores the status, challenges, opportunities, and trends of international higher education in the United States. Applying perspectives from Penn State, the presentation uncovers how internationalization and global collaborations in higher education contribute to the “land-grant” mission of the University. As our world is increasingly interconnected economically, culturally, and socially, it is imperative to have a comprehensive evaluation of global systems, create welcoming, inclusive opportunities for the capacity development, and offer an integrated global engagement network in areas such as international student recruitment, strategic partnerships, academic exchanges and global internships, international alumni relations, and innovative digital education.
Dr. Roger Brindley joined Penn State as Vice Provost for Global on April 6th, 2020. In this role, Brindley oversees a staff of nearly 100 professionals who manage education abroad programs, advise and support international students and scholars, and facilitate the University's many international partnerships around the world. As Vice Provost, he promotes Penn State’s comprehensive international strategy and works with senior administrators to guide Penn State’s international agenda. His responsibilities include securing funding to support Penn State’s international activities and programs as well as representing the University to external constituents worldwide.

Prior to his appointment at Penn State, Brindley had been vice president of USF World at the University of South Florida (USF), where he oversaw global engagement for USF and international student success initiatives for 5,000 students from 147 countries and for over 2,000 students completing academic experiences abroad, and 1,200 USF faculty conducting teaching, scholarship and research overseas.

As a professor at USF for 24 years, Brindley received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award as well as the USF President's Award for Faculty Excellence. Identified as an Honored Professor by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2001, Brindley served as interim dean to the College of Education, and as vice provost and associate vice president before taking the role of vice president for USF World, from 2013 to 2020.

Brindley has written numerous articles in North American and European publications on policy and practice in higher education, has served as editor for three international journals, and frequently speaks at international conferences around the world. In 2014, he was elected to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on International Initiatives. In 2015, he was elected executive chair of the Commission and served in that capacity until 2017. He recently concluded a six- year term on the APLU Commission for International Initiatives and is currently a Senior Advisor for AIEA.

Brindley received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Middlesex University in London before earning a master’s in education from Georgia’s Berry College and his doctorate in education from the University of Georgia, Athens.