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New internationalization director and Nova Scotia expat, Bill Radford, arrived this month with a variety of experience from numerous institutions, not to mention his partner, seven kids, a dog and a cat.

Maritimes import lands at SFU International

June 25, 2009

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Bill Radford says he was born to a peripatetic father, but then he did a bit of wandering himself before landing at SFU’s Burnaby campus June 1.

The university’s new director of internationalization was born in the UK and spent his childhood in numerous African countries and at boarding school in England.

He worked as a journalist in Italy and a teacher in Poland and Botswana before coming to Canada. Since arriving in his adopted country, he has worked for the Katimavik youth service program, a First Nation and several colleges and universities in international and continuing education.

Most recently he was director of extension at St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) in Nova Scotia, with responsibilities including program development and delivery in support of international and domestic student programming.

Radford "brings a broad array of experience from a variety of institutions across Canada and an array of countries around the world," says associate VP-students and international, Nello Angerilli. "We are very confident that Bill will make a strong contribution to SFU’s already enviable reputation regarding internationalization."

Radford has a BA and a professional graduate certificate in education from Leeds University, a master’s degree in adult education from St. FX and is in the final stages of completing a doctorate through the University of Calgary.

He dabbles in writing, playing the guitar (poorly, he says) and riding his motorcycle. He and partner Jane Godfrey have a blended family of seven, not counting the dog and cat.

The Maritimes import says he is "overwhelmed" by the warm reception he has received since arriving at SFU and looks forward to building on the university’s legacy of internationalization.

He adds: "What more could someone who is in the international education field want than a university whose identifier is the phrase ‘Thinking of the World?’"

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