Bonnie Bissonette, EdD

Headshot of a woman in front of bushesBonnie Bissonette, EdD is Director of Education Abroad and International Safety for the UMB Center for Global Engagement.

Bonnie Bissonette, MA, EdD, is the Director of Education Abroad and International Safety at the UMB Center for Global Engagement. She works to strengthen international opportunities for students at all seven schools at the University by working collaboratively with faculty and staff. Bissonette works to develop processes and procedures, appropriate safety and security mechanisms, and other logistics relevant to student international experiences.

Before coming to UMB, Bissonette was the Associate Dean of Business and International Education at North Central Technical College in Wausau, Wis., for 10 years, and, before that, a U.S. foreign service officer (management), serving for 13 years at U.S. embassies in England, Madagascar, Mauritius, Eritrea, and Qatar. She served on the board of directors of NAFSA-Association of International Educators (2008-2011) and is a frequent presenter on international education leadership topics. At present, she is serving as a public member of the governing body of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). She received her BA at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.; her MA at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and her EdD at the University of Minnesota.