Governing Board

Letter from the Chapter President

Dear PBD Members and Supporters of International Education,

Welcome to a new academic year!  In 2019-20 we look forward to continuing some previous events while exploring new collaborative opportunities.  We all know how increasingly important international collaborations, education, and engagements are in today's world.  PBD considers as its main mission to increase the awareness and appreciation of international conversations and contacts.

Looking back at last year's PBD activities, I would like to thank Lars Leon, outgoing PBD president, for initiating and leading excellent efforts.  Many thanks also to the members of the PBD Executive Board for their dedication to the society's mission. 

We look forward to a great year and to your participation in PBD activities. I welcome your suggestions for activities or events – what kinds of events would you find especially meaningful?  Please don’t hesitate to send an email to with any programming ideas you might have!

This year, our PBD Board will focus on identifying collaborative opportunities with an international theme with other groups on campus.  If you are in a group that would like to explore what we can do together, please contact us at

Are you a KU student, faculty or staff involved with international education?  Please apply for PBD membership!  Our deadline this year is Tuesday, October 1. Eligibility information is available at

Two events for the fall semester are already scheduled.  Please consider joining us on Sunday, October 20 at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall for “An Evening of International Music and Dance.”  It will be an exciting event filled with sonic and visual representations of various cultures from all over the world.  Another important event will be our induction ceremony for new members, which will be on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30pm in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. We will hear insightful remarks from a distinguished guest speaker and induct new members. It is a great time to meet and talk with others involved with international efforts while enjoying delightful refreshments.

We are planning to repeat some previous activities in the spring semester such as the PBD Best Graduate Student Paper on an International Topic competition. We received excellent entries in spring 2019, which made it challenging to select a winner.  Look for more information on this competition, additional fall events and other spring activities on this page in the future.

Thank you to ALL PBD members for your participation and support.

Martin Nedbal

2019-20 Officers

President: Martin Nedbal, Associate Professor, Music

Past President: Lars Leon, Resource Sharing Librarian, Head of Organizational Development

Vice President/President Elect: Daniel Velasco, Assistant Professor, Music

Domestic Student Vice-President: Matti Dimmick

International Student Vice-President:  Greg Leung

Treasurer: Yvonnes Chen, Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications

Secretary: Mike Ediger, Associate Director, International Student Services

Faculty Advisor: John Kennedy, Associate Professor, Political  Science

The Governing Board meets approximately twice each semester to plan chapter events.  The primary responsibilities of the Governing Board officers include the following:

  • Serve as policy board and governing body for the chapter.
  • Provide leadership for the chapter in its goal to recognize international scholarship on campus.
  • Represent the society to members and potential members.
  • Plan, promote, and participate in chapter events designed to facilitate the recognition of international education on campus.
  • Encourage members of the chapter to nominate potential members, submit scholarly works to the society journal, propose papers for the annual conference, and participate in chapter events.

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