Beth Carmical, UNC Pembroke’s associate director for International Programs, was elected in March to chair the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE).
A veteran UNCP administrator, Carmical has been a member of the 600-plus member NCAIE since 1999 and on the board since 2001.
The work of administrators in international programs in higher education has gotten more complicated since 9/11. Carmical successfully navigated new guidelines and consistently increased the number of foreign students attending UNCP.
“The events of 9/11 made my work infinitely more complicated but the issues are being sorted out and the situation is improving,” she said.
Carmical said increased federal scrutiny has made the role of the NCAIE all the more important, and she welcomes the opportunity to lead the state chapter.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for me professionally, and I hope it will bring some prestige to the University,” she said.
Carmical organized the spring NCAIE conference that featured speakers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Enforcement and the Department of State. Also on hand were experts in immigration law, study abroad and other topics.
The event was held at the Kenan–Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill on March 10 –11 and experienced record turnout.
Among conferees from UNCP were Tina Murray, study abroad coordinator, Jessica Hall, program assistant, and Jing Gao, associate director of International Student Services.
NCAIE executive board member Dotty Holley, director of International Programs for Central Piedmont Community College, described Carmical as “conscientious and enthusiastic” and as someone who “demonstrated exemplary skills as an organized leader.”
The NCAIE is affiliated with the Association of International Educators, a 7,200-member organization representing 60 countries and 200 colleges and universities that promote international education and exchange.
NCAIE’s mission is to support and enhance the effectiveness of professionals and volunteers who advocate the education of international students and scholars, and international educational and cultural exchange.
Carmical, who was editor of NCAIE’s newsletter, Focus, said she is grateful to the organization that provides valuable information and training resources to international educators.
Vice Chancellor for International Programs Dr. Alex Chen said he was “extremely proud” that Carmical has the opportunity to serve international educators in North Carolina.
“Beth is an extremely dedicated and hard worker,” Dr. Chen said. “I believe she will make substantial contributions to NCAIE. UNCP will also try our best to be a good hosting institution in support of NCAIE's mission.”
Carmical said the NCAIE is a great resource for UNCP and its members.
“It’s been impressive to see how well the board works together on projects and how much it accomplishes with minimal resources,” she said. “I joined NCAIE because it was a lifeline for me, providing a network of resources and training materials at a time when I needed access to much information on immigration and study abroad issues.”
The national association (NAFSA) often points to NCAIE as an example of how state affiliates are supposed to work, Carmical said.
“We have conference attendees from other states that tell us they prefer the NC conferences over ones offered by NAFSA affiliates in their own state,” she said.