Thompson Rivers University did a global search for its international division, but ended up hiring in from its own back yard.
Baihua Chadwick has been named associate vice-president international and chief executive officer global operations for TRU World.
Before being promoted she held the job on an interim basis after her predecessor, West Koczka, died suddenly in March.
Chadwick will continue to oversee all aspects of international education, training and development at TRU, including internationalization initiatives, international student recruitment and support services, study abroad, contract training, development projects and accreditations and articulations.
The department has almost 50 staff and a $27-million budget.
Originally hired as an international student adviser, Chadwick has been a founding member of each of the five teams within TRU World: international student services, international marketing, transnational education, study abroad and international contract training.
Chadwick was born and raised in China. She studied in Germany before making Canada her permanent home. She has a master’s degree in management and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership.