Dr. Gary Ransdell to lead Semester at Sea program

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FORT COLLINS, Co., (WBKO) -- Dr. Gary Ransdell will be taking on a new position after his retirement from Western Kentucky University this June.

The Institute for Shipboard Education, parent company to the Semester and Sea program, announced Dr. Ransdell as president and CEO of the program effective January 1, 2018.

Semester at Sea is a global study abroad program that uses a ship as a traveling campus.

“While Julie and I are 100 percent focused on all things WKU for the next five months, we are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to write a new chapter in education starting on Jan. 1, 2018. I am proud to have been appointed as the next President of Semester at Sea (SAS), one of the world’s leading study abroad programs. This opportunity will allow me to remain fully engaged with students and faculty from some of America’s leading colleges and universities. It also brings my passion for global learning into full focus. The main differences from my current duties are that our SAS students come from many different campuses, and the SAS campus is a ship which sails to ports of call throughout the world. I look forward to joining the Semester at Sea staff in Fort Collins, Colorado, where SAS is based, and to working closely with new colleagues at Colorado State University, the academic partner for SAS. All that, however, is nearly 11 months away. Julie and I will wrap things up at WKU by June 30, take some time off, and gear up for a new world of opportunities on Jan. 1,” said Ransdell.

Dr. Ransdell has many accomplishments during his time at WKU, including leading the effort to create Gatton Academy of Math and Science, and leading WKU through two successful capital campaigns, which raised more than $300 million combined.

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