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Georgia Southern College of Business Announces New Director of Student Engagement

With a focus on producing career-ready professionals, the Georgia Southern College of Business is excited to welcome Danielle Smith as the new director of experiential learning and student engagement. In this role, Smith will facilitate and increase College of Business internships, oversee and expand business abroad trips and create and implement strategy to increase professionalism and placement through events geared toward professional development of our students.

Smith comes to the College of Business from the University’s Office of International Programs and Services, where she has spent the past eight years acting as director for the last three years. She got her start in higher education ten years ago, teaching history at Savannah Tech and then international studies at Georgia Southern before moving into administration in 2012 as the curriculum, advisement, and assessment coordinator for the BA in International Studies and BS in International Trade degree programs. Smith’s professional expertise is in developing study abroad and exchange programs, higher education partnerships and integrating experiential learning into the curriculum.

Smith’s experience with traveling abroad started at a young age due to her father being an Air Force officer. She spent eight years in Germany before finally settling in Savannah, where she finished high school. From there, she attended Georgia Southern University, where she earned two degrees, a BA in history, international studies, and an MA in history. Smith is currently working on her Ph.D. in international affairs at The University of Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, going to the movies and traveling. “I’ve been to roughly 30 countries, and [I] hope to add more soon,” stated Smith.

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