Nov. 6, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Sonia Feigenbaum as the inaugural senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. She currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for international engagement and global strategies and senior international officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Feigenbaum’s appointment begins Feb. 1, 2019.
“Through our students, faculty and alumni, the scale of UT Austin’s engagement abroad is remarkable. Sonia has the experience and vision to help our university be more strategic in our initiatives and partnerships, and to help provide more meaningful experiences for our community,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost. “I am thrilled to have Sonia join our team, and we are fortunate to bring her expertise to UT Austin.”
In her current role at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Feigenbaum has advanced internationalization by building strategic global partnerships, enhancing globally focused academic programs for students and faculty members, and increasing institutional global visibility. She also led efforts to expand and better serve international scholars and students, foster greater cross-cultural engagement on campus and secure external funding to bolster on-campus internationalization efforts. She also launched an initiative to expand students’ global competencies through synchronous collaborative online learning with peers across the globe.
Prior to her current role, Feigenbaum worked in a similar capacity at Brown University as the associate provost for global engagement. Her extensive background in global initiatives spans academia, close to 15 years of service with the federal government in the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as work in the nonprofit sector. While in government, she developed national policies to improve educational access and bring the humanities to broader audiences, and she had oversight for budgets exceeding $300 million. She is natively fluent in French and Spanish and proficient in Italian, Portuguese and Russian.
“There are few institutions with the reputation, commitment to students and international alumni community presence as UT Austin. A great deal of tremendous work is already happening, and I am excited to join this team and strengthen the university’s global profile and contributions,” said Feigenbaum.
Feigenbaum earned an undergraduate degree in music performance and master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington.