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William Brustein


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As the Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Dr. William Brustein is developing a global affairs vision and mission for the University. He advises President Gee and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed on global affairs issues and provides guidance on international enrollment efforts. Brustein will continue to maintain and build working relationships with partner institutions and organizations around the world.

Brustein joined WVU in 2016 as vice president for global strategy and international affairs, leading efforts to consolidate the University’s international enterprise into one office. He helped to establish Global Portals – or academic embassies – in China and Bahrain, creating connections with academic, government, alumni and corporate partners in their regions. Brustein was instrumental in solidifying the University’s collaborative partnership with Tianjin University of Finance and Economics and the Shanghai Business School. He also has championed the Global Mountaineers Certificate Program, as well as international research and collaboration, furthering opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage globally.

In 2018, WVU earned the Institute of International Education’s prestigious Heiskell Award honoring the University’s innovative international partnership with Royal University for Women in Bahrain. Additionally, WVU was awarded the 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus International. Together these represent the two most prestigious awards in international education. Brustein also was awarded the Institute’s Centennial Medal commemorating his outstanding contributions to the field.

He also is a widely published scholar in the areas of political extremism and ethnic, religious and racial prejudice. Prior to joining the faculty and administration at The Ohio State University, Brustein held a series of increasingly senior administrative positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Utah and the University of Washington and has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and the Freie Universität Berlin.