September 19, 2001 - President appoints Deputy Director for Peace Corps

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 4:48 pm: Edit Post

The President intends to nominate Josephine K. Olsen to be Deputy Director of the Peace Corps. Olsen is currently the Senior Vice President and Director of the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C. From 1992 to 1997, she was the Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the organization responsible for managing the Fulbright Scholar program. From 1979 to 1984 and again from 1989 to 1992, Olsen served at the Peace Corps in a variety of positions including Chief of Staff under Paul Coverdell and Elaine Chao; Regional Director for North Africa, Near East, Asia and the Pacific and Country Director in Togo.

From 1966 to 1968, Olsen was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia. Olsen is a graduate of the University of Utah and received a Master's degree in Social Work and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 8:29 pm: Edit Post

Here's some additional information on Jody Olsen's background:

Jody Olsen

Senior Vice President, Academy for Educational Development

"Trends in the Management of International Students and Scholars"

JUDY K. OLSEN is currently directing the Academy for Educational Development's Human Resources and Institutional Development Division, including Higher Education Management Services Department. As Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Ms. Olsen managed the Fulbright Scholars Program with 2,000 exchanges in 140 countries. As Chief of Staff, she supervised, managed and developed policy for international, technical, and management division at Peace Corps as it expanded into twenty-five new countries. Ms. Olsen has also served as Peace Corps Country Director in Togo, cosponsored disaster assistance training for Peace Corps and government officials, and assisted in the organization of the training for missions in the Pacific Islands and in Asia. At Youth for Understanding, she oversaw a 120 person staff exchange program between the US and twenty-seven other countries serving 6,000 students per year. Her earlier experiences included designing small government management training programs for 20 town governments in Kenya, and developing materials for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 8:32 pm: Edit Post

Additional information:

Jody Olsen

Jody Olsen is Senior Vice President for the Division of Human Resources and Institutional Development at AED. Before joining AED, she was Executive Director of CIES, the organization that administers the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program. She was also Vice President of Youth for Understanding. Dr. Olsen has significant experience with the U.S. Peace Corps as Chief of Staff, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Country Director in Togo, and as a volunteer in Tunisia. Dr. Olsen was the founder and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maryland. Her Ph.D. is in gerontology and education administration from the University of Maryland.

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 8:35 pm: Edit Post

Here is a speech she gave at the African Summit in Washington:

Information Technology: Reducing the Digital Divide
Host: Info/Change
Location: Washington Convention Center rooms 23-24
Speakers: Jody Olsen, Info/Change President
Larry Irving, CEO, UrbanMagic (invited)
Laurie Fitz-Pegado, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Iridium
William B. Garrison, Jr., Director, International Communication Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Ernest Wilson, Director, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland
Richard O'Neill, Director, Highlands Forum
Patrick Fn'Piere, Regional Director, US Peace Corps
Paul W. Thompson, Special Assistant for Advanced Technology, Office of the
Vice President for Health Affairs, Howard University
Ford Green, Chief Operating Officer, United Communications Systems
Steven Dorsey, Managing Director, USAID Learn Link Project, AED

The Info/Change workshop will address the digital divide as the gap between the haves and have-nots appear to broaden both within and between nations. Distinguished experts and practitioners from business, government, and the NGO community will address information technology as a progressive multiplier driven by the rapidly shrinking costs of communications.

The workshop will begin with a presentation on the promise of information technology for building national economies, strengthening democracy and human rights, improving healthcare, and expanding educational opportunities. A panel of experts will discuss the shrinking costs of computers and telecommunications as a result of technology, privatization, and deregulation. The workshop will conclude with a panel illustrating practical applications of the technology including examples drawn from Ghana and Mauritius.

Info/Change is a non-profit organization established to promote cooperation in information technology among corporations, governments, foundations, and non-governmental organizations.

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