UAlbany President Named
to Board of International Student Exchange Program
Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2005) -- University
at Albany President Kermit L. Hall has been
named to the board of directors for the International
Student Exchange Program (ISEP). Established
in 1979 under authority of the Fulbright-Hays
Act, ISEP facilitates the internationalization
of colleges and universities across the country
to offer affordable access to study abroad.
The program is administered by a central office
in Washington, D.C., and by the designated coordinator
at each member institution. ISEP was incorporated
as an independent nonprofit organization in
1997. To date, nearly 25,000 students have participated
in ISEP programs.
“Dr. Hall has been a strong supporter of ISEP
and its work in international exchange and study
abroad for many years, and he will be a great
asset to the ISEP board,” said Mary Anne Grant,
president of ISEP.
President George M. Dennison of the University
of Montana, who serves as chair of the board,
observed that President Hall brings a vast range
of experience and deep commitment to the board.
“We feel that Kermit has the potential to help
in myriad ways as we continue to develop ISEP
as one of the premier student exchange and international
education programs in the world,” said Dennison.
“One of the most important challenges facing
American higher education is bringing the world
to our students and our students to the world.
The International Student Exchange Program is
the premiere international study abroad program
for doing just that,” said Hall. “It is an honor
to have been appointed, and, I am very much
looking forward to serving.” Hall will serve
on the board beginning in April, and his term
runs for three years.
ISEP is designed so that students exchanged
throughout the ISEP network pay all of their
fees, including room and board, to their home
institution while taking up a place at a host
school in another country. Exchanges can occur
at any academic level and in any discipline
and can range in length from a summer session,
one academic term, or one year.
A board of directors consisting of leaders
in higher education and the private sector governs
the organization. The board has general policy
making functions for ISEP’s finances and activities.
The board also appoints the president/executive
director and approves new program development
and changes in programs in keeping with ISEP's
mission, plans and financial resources. The
board meets at least twice annually.
Hall, a constitutional law scholar, is the
author and editor of 21 books on the American
legal and constitutional system, including the
award-winning Oxford Companion to the Supreme
Court of the United States (New York, Oxford
University Press, 2nd revised edition, 2005),
and the Oxford Companion to American Law (New
York, Oxford University Press, 2002). He is
also the author of The Law of the Land: A History
of the Supreme Court (Prince Frederick, Maryland:
Recorded Books, 2003, fourteen 35-minute lectures
on the history of the Supreme Court of the United
States), and The Magic Mirror: Law in American
History (New York, Oxford University Press,
1989; 2nd revised edition forthcoming in 2006).
His books have been main and alternate selections
of the History Book Club and the Book of the
In addition, Hall was one of five Americans
appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Assassination
Records Review Board in 1992 to review and release
to the public documents related to the assassination
of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. For his commitment
to openness in government, the American Library
Association bestowed its James Madison Award
on him in 1999.
He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University
of Minnesota, a master’s degree in 1967 from
Syracuse University and a master of studies
in law from Yale University in 1980.