Dr. Lynn McGee, USCB Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, has been selected for a 2016-17 U.S. Scholar grant to participate in a Fulbright International Education Admin-istrators seminar.

McGee’s selection makes her the first Fulbright recipient to receive the prestigious award while an employee of USCB.

The International Education Administrators seminars and connections foster the ability to strengthen a study abroad program at USCB and to build international faculty and student collaborations for the hospitality management program on the Hilton Head Island campus that will open in the fall of 2018.

“USCB faculty have pioneered international exchange initiatives and built internationalism into the curriculum,” McGee said. “Their vision is for USCB students to be prepared ‘to contribute locally and across the globe.’ This award is a step forward to support faculty leadership and to create future international opportunities for USCB faculty and students.”

By participating in the Germany IEA in October 2016, McGee will gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and process of building international exchange relationships with universities throughout the European Union. Her focus on Germany is based on the strong connections between German manufacturers and South Carolina as well as the EU firms’ relationships with the growing aerospace corridor in coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

USCB Chancellor Al Panu recommended McGee for the Fulbright Award.

Dr. McGee has served USCB for 10 years, leading marketing, communications, development, government relations and university events. She earned her Ph.D. in business at Indiana University and has taught marketing at several universities, including USCB. Prior to earning her Ph.D., McGee held corporate sales and marketing roles at Cummins Inc., a global manufacturer of diesel engines, and with the multi-national firm International Trucks.

Her interest in international higher education collaborations emerged from her experience as the daughter of an international consultant, as a Rotary exchange student, as an expatriate family working for a global corporation, and through her travel and support of her own sons’ extensive college international engagement.

Since its beginnings 70 years ago, more than 360,000 individuals have participated in the Fulbright Program