The CU system this month hosted a delegation of six higher education professionals from Yemen who participated in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The delegation focused on the theme “Leading Change: University Leadership for Social and Economic Development.”
Delegates met with Dan Montez, director of the Office of Policy and Efficiency, and Geoff Barsch, associate vice president for budget and finance, to discuss the process of creating university policy and strategies to facilitate efficiency. Leonard Dinegar, senior vice president and chief of staff, formally welcomed the delegation, exchanged gifts and answered questions on CU’s governance structure.
“It was a real pleasure to host our distinguished guests from Yemen,” Montez said. “We had a great conversation on a wide range of higher education topics, including the role of CU in context of the Colorado higher education system and our efforts to facilitate efficiency and effectiveness at the university.”
The delegates were high-level administrative personnel from universities in Yemen who have been recognized as leaders and nominated by American embassy personnel to participate in the program. They were part of the Visitor and Exchange programs at WorldDenver, a nonprofit that hosts between 400 and 450 international visitors annually in Colorado for short-term professional programs. The programs are sponsored primarily through the Department of State and aim to improve mutual understanding through person-to-person contact.