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UT Austin administrator chosen to lead prominentconsortia of overseas research institutes

Recognition of the university’s international programs got a boost recently when UT Austin Associate Vice President Richard W. Lariviere, Ph.D., was elected to the helm of the foremost consortia of international scholarly programs. Lariviere has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

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AUSTIN, Texas — Recognition of the university’s international programs got a boost recently when UT Austin Associate Vice President Richard W. Lariviere, Ph.D., was elected to the helm of the foremost consortia of international scholarly programs. Lariviere has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

CAORC is the umbrella organization for the 14 American Overseas Research Centers located worldwide. Each research center is, in turn, itself a consortia of U.S. universities, colleges, museums and research institutes. These research centers maintain a permanent presence in the host country where they operate and make it possible for Americans to carry out research vital to our understanding of, and interaction with, other cultures.

In addition to Lariviere’s new position with the CAORC, he will continue his work as The University of Texas at Austin’s associate vice president for international programs. At UT, Lariviere is the chief officer for all international activity by the University. He is ultimately responsible for, among other University activities, Study Abroad programs, the International Office, the University’s exchange programs for faculty and students, and UT’s new initiatives in legislative modernization in Central America.”This new position is a perfect dovetail with my work for the University. The Council is at the forefront of advocacy for international studies. The work of the council in preserving, and then expanding, federal funding for international education has been crucial, and I am honored to have been chosen to serve as chairman of the council,” said Lariviere.

Lariviere made news last month by developing a proposal that will allow UT faculty and graduate students to promote democracy in Guatemala. UT scholars will work directly with the Guatemalan officials and their staff to enhance the legislative process in Guatemala.

For the past six years, Lariviere has represented the American Institute of Indian Studies to the CAORC. For more information contact: Liliana E. Merubia, Office of the Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, at (512) 471-7213, or by e-mail at: lmerubia@mail.utexas.edu.

NOTE to EDITORS: A photo of Dr. Richard W. Lariviere is available upon request.