Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Dr. Tulasi Joshi has been appointed by the state Department of Education and the Arts to join the West Virginia Commission on International Education.

Gov. Bob Wise created the commission in May 2003. The commission's purpose is to report on the status of international education in West Virginia and to make recommendations for its improvement.

Joshi, Professor of Geography, was presented with the Cyrus R. Vance Award in 2003 for his efforts to further international education. He was one of 20 educators and education organizations nominated for the award, presented by Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary of Education and the Arts and Chairman of the W.Va. Commission on International Education.

Joshi has been a professor at Fairmont State for more than 30 years, covering a variety of international topics. He is a member of the West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies, National Geographic Society and the Association of American Geographers. He was a Mellon Fellow for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. He has served as a member of the FS International Education Committee since 1973; for many of those years he was chairman. He was instrumental in the establishment of the international student scholarship program and International Week observed on campus every year. In 1989, Joshi, a native of Nepal, helped to establish the Nepal Scholarship Program at Fairmont State.