Bush School Staff Elected to Leadership Positions on APSIA Committees

August 30, 2016

Two Bush School staff members were elected to chair committees within the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

Susan Robertson, director of Communications and External Relations at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, was elected the inaugural chair of the Alumni/Communications Committee for APSIA. The committee was created last year so that alumni and communications officers from the member schools could share common ideas and goals.

Robertson noted that she has been engaged with APSIA prior to the creation of this new alumni/communications committee.

“I served on the APSIA Brand/Website Committee to help develop the organization’s new brand and website,” said Robertson.  “This new committee will focus on ways we can enhance the important role communications and alumni professionals play in international graduate education, and I am pleased to represent the Bush School in this endeavor.”

Matthew Upton, Bush School assistant dean and director of Career and Student Services, will chair the APSIA Career Directors Committee, where he previously served as vice chair. Upton will serve the interests of APSIA-member career directors before the organization’s Dean’s Council and the APSIA executive director. Upton will serve alongside career director counterparts from Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.

“I am honored to work with my career services colleagues from APSIA schools across the globe to strengthen our capacity to assist all of our students pursuing careers in international affairs,” Upton said. Upton has served as the Bush School director of Career and Student Services since 2003.

APSIA is comprised of more than sixty schools around the world dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs. Member schools must undergo a rigorous application process to ensure they are of high academic quality and have a strong commitment to the study of international affairs. APSIA includes some of the most prestigious schools of international affairs in the world, including American University, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, the Stockholm School of Economics, and Yale.

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