The West Virginia Council of International Programs (CIP)a community based non-profit group that hosts a group of international professionals each fallis marking the organizations 32nd year in Monongalia County by naming a new coordinator and moving into a new home at West Virginia University.

Two-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar Linda Yoder of Morgantown, a former CIP vice president, assumes charge of the community-based program.

New officers were also elected. They are: President, John Pearson, retired professor of community medicine; Vice-President, Sandra Dixon, assistant professor of Spanish/Portuguese, WVU Department of Foreign Languages; Secretary, Jamie Jacobs, assistant professor of political science, WVU Department of Political Science, and Treasurer, Ann C. Sauvageot, retired WVU assistant professor, developmental disability programs.

This year WV-CIP will be housed under the auspices of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at WVU . The OIP administers Study Abroad programs and international linkage programs with 60 universities around the world, and coordinates programs for international professional development.

George M. Lies, who manages international programs at WVU , will serve as program manager for WV-CIP. The OIP director is Dr. Daniel Weiner.

While WVU continues to provide a home for the organization, the WV-CIP is registered as a 501�.3 non-profit organization. Its governing board consists of approximately 30 local individuals who volunteer time, serve on various committees from recruitment of participants to fund-raising, and work closely with community, business and university groups.

Since the 1970s, the WV-CIP has provided fellowships for 288 mid-career professionals from around the world. The program offers a four-month fellowship for each participant, including a temporary training placement with a local agency, such as a local business, health organization, public school or university department.

The national CIP arose from American citizen exchanges with Europe after World War II. Later CIP created training exchanges with Africa, Asia, the Near East and Latin America.

“As social, political and technological change has accelerated,”said Pearson,”the global workplace creates new needs and new opportunities for professional development. And the WV-CIP program is tailored to meet the demands of todays global realities.”

For many years, the WV-CIP program was in the WVU Center for Extension and Extension Specialist Rich Fleisher served as the longtime director. For the past three years, CIP operated out of the WVU Department of Foreign Languages, with Janice Spleth as director. The CIP national office is in Cleveland, Ohio.

For more information on becoming a part of the WV-CIP volunteer network, contact Linda K. Yoder by e-mailing lky2@mail.wvnet.edu , or call the WVU Office of International Programs, 304-293-6955 Ext. 8 or visit the CIP web page at http://www.wvu.edu/~intlprog/CIP/cip.htm .