Bonnie Bissonette, MA, EdD

Bonnie Bissonette PortraitBonnie Bissonette, MA, EdD, who has been with the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) since 2012, led the planning team for the inaugural UMB Global Health Summit.

As CGEI’s director of education abroad and international safety, she works to strengthen international opportunities at the University’s seven schools by working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students. Bissonette develops creative and collaborative programs as well as processes and procedures, appropriate safety and security mechanisms, and other logistics relevant to international experiences. Previously, Bissonette was associate dean of business and international education at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wis., for 10 years, and, prior to that, a U.S. Foreign Service officer (management), serving for 13 years at U.S. embassies in England, Madagascar, Mauritius, Eritrea, and Qatar. She has been vice president for public policy and practice on the board of directors of NAFSA-Association of International Educators since 2017 and served as NAFSA’s secretary on the board of directors from 2008 to 2011. Bissonetteis a frequent presenter on international education leadership topics. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.; her master’s at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and her EdD at the University of Minnesota. Her thesis covered community college presidents’ views of elements of campus internationalization.