WASHINGTON, D.C.; Thursday, May 30, 2019 - William L. Gertz, Chairman and CEO of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), last night received the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Centennial Medal, which honors the leadership and achievements of individuals that have made outstanding contributions to international education.
The medal was presented to Mr. Gertz last night during “An Evening with IIE: A Centennial Celebration,” an IIE-hosted reception at The Hay-Adams to commemorate their 100th anniversary, part of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers’ (NAFSA) Annual Conference and Expo, taking place this week in Washington, D.C. Presenting the award to Mr. Gertz was IIE President and CEO, Dr. Allan Goodman.
In his more than 40 years of experience in international education, Mr. Gertz has led many initiatives that have been instrumental to the growth and evolution of the industry. He organized the Diversity in International Education workshop in 2010 and received an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London. Mr. Gertz has also worked extensively as a member of several boards and coalitions and formerly served as Chair of the Alliance for International Exchange.
“I am very pleased to be awarded this medal which is one of the highlights of my career,” remarked Gertz. “I thank IIE and Dr. Goodman for our long, successful partnership.”
Founded in 1964, AIFS is a global cultural and educational exchange organization headquartered in Stamford, CT.
In honor of their 100th anniversary in 2019, IIE will be awarding Centennial Medals throughout the year to key partners whose support, commitment and wisdom have been invaluable. IIE will be recognizing those who have contributed to the field of international education through government service; academic exchange leadership; global mobility leadership; philanthropic excellence; and corporate support for advancement of international education and relations.
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With offices in 6 countries, AIFS organizes cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year. Programs include college study abroad, international au pair placement, international camp counselor placement, gifted education, high school study/travel and insurance services. Since 1964 more than 1.5 million students and teachers have participated in AIFS programs worldwide.
The Institute of International Education is the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. IIE collaborates with a range of corporate, government, and foundation partners across the globe to design and manage scholarship, study abroad, workforce training, and leadership development programs; conducts research on international academic mobility; and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State.
This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.Jessica Cobb, Western Michigan University
I chose this program because of everything it offered. The fact that everything was included made the experience much less stressful. The people working for the program definitely ensured we got the most out of our time here. The AIFS cultural activities and excursions were excellent. It was a wonderful life experience I will have with me forever.Stephanie Bingham, Oklahoma State University
Growing up with an au pair made me much more aware that there were cultures and societies other than mine. This had a significant impact on me specifically because I was exposed to foreign cultures at such a young age.Ryan Comerford, age 21