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Stephen Stoynoff Named Dean of Global Education

Stoynoff's appointment to new position begins June 17.

2015-06-11
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-11-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells announced today that Stephen Stoynoff (pictured) has been named Minnesota State Mankato’s new dean of global education following a national search.

Stoynoff, Minnesota State Mankato’s interim dean for international affairs since August 2013, will serve as the chief international officer for the university and be responsible for providing visionary and strategic leadership for Academic Affairs and the broader university in the areas of international education and global endeavors.

“I am deeply honored to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen Stoynoff as our new dean of global education,” said Wells. “As provost, I have been impressed with the breadth and depth of Dean Stoynoff’s international knowledge and expertise, his enthusiasm to explore new international relationships, thoughtful leadership, sincere commitment to our faculty and students and commitment to a consensus-oriented approach to decision-making.”

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport credited Stoynoff with helping the University’s international education program attain new levels of excellence.

“Under Stephen’s leadership, the University is exceeding our ambitious goals for international education and having a greater impact in creating global solutions, one that is being recognized on campus and globally,” said Davenport. “Signature examples are Steve’s vision and voice with international partnerships that were established with the governments of Brazil and Mexico through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program and the Mexican Proyecta 100,000 program, and with universities in Ecuador, Ivory Coast, and Japan. Steve is well-respected on campus and throughout the system.”

Under Stoynoff’s leadership as interim dean, Minnesota State Mankato’s international student enrollment has increased by 24 percent, international-sponsored student enrollment has increased by 65 percent and faculty-led study programs have increased by 20 percent.

In addition, the University’s Intensive English Language Institute obtained $930,000 in externally sponsored support, and International Affairs completed its first strategic plan, first integrated marketing plan, and first affirmative action plan. As a result, the University increased its ranking to 31st among national peers in the number of international students on campus.

Stoynoff joined the Department of English at Minnesota State Mankato in 1996 and was promoted to full professor in 2003. He was honored with the Global Citizen Award in 2010 and recognized as a Distinguished Faculty Scholar in 2011. Stoynoff has served on multiple department, college, and university committees and contributed significantly to the University’s strategic planning.

Prior to joining Minnesota State Mankato, Stoynoff held faculty appointments at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., and Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. Stoynoff has held consultancies and visiting appointments in 17 different countries, including Kuwait University and Department of State projects in Russia, Ukraine, Ecuador, Israel, and Gaza.

Stoynoff received a doctorate degree in education from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., in 1990. Prior to that he received a master’s degree in English education and certificate in teaching English as a second language from Portland State University in 1984. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., in 1976.

Stoynoff’s appointment as dean of global education begins June 17.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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