Carol Watson Fleisher
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Bachelor of Arts
International Relations/Political Science
(Minors: Sociology and History)
University of Missouri
Coursework toward Masters
2009 – Present
Director of the MU Veterans Center
- Primary responsibility of the Director is to manage and supervise the Veterans Center by carrying out its stated mission to provide a ďone stopĒ resource center committed to facilitating the integration of military veterans into our academic community. Coordinate the following efforts:
- Recruitment and admission, including outreach to disabled veterans
- Deployment and return-to-work/school
- State and federal support for post-secondary education for veterans
- Financial assistance at the campus level
- Campus life and climate
- Accessing health and counseling services
- Provide access to employment opportunities
- Provide leadership to other academic institutions with regard to the needs of veterans
- Collaborate with academic departments and Enrollment Management offices to facilitate and provide assistance to these offices on veterans matters
- Collaborate with Student Health and Truman Veterans hospital on veterans matters
- Follow legislation pertaining to veterans, e.g. the current Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Develop and maintain familiarity with signs and symptoms of veterans who may be suffering from traumatic experiences in the military
- Provide information to veterans as well as the University community on VA matters
- Network with outside veteransí support groups such as the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Explore ways to gain funding for scholarships and outside financial assistance for veterans in need
- Serve as principal VA Certifying Official
- Collaborate with Student Life and the MSVA to create programs which will raise the communityís awareness of our veterans
- Collaborate with the ADA office in assuring that our disabled veteransí needs are met
- Collaborate with HR to assure that the needs of our employees who are veterans are met
- Oversee MU student recruitment of veterans to explore ways to promote recruitment of veterans to MU and partner with community colleges and nearby military installations
2008 – 2009
Interim Director of the MU Veterans Center
- Recognized the special needs of MUís veterans who were coping with fragmented support from the VA and the University administration.
- Developed the MU Veterans Center, to provide a one stop, full service source of support.
- Implemented the Chancellorís initiative to build a permanent center.
- Provide a venue for veterans to come together, socialize and lessen feelings of isolation on a large campus where most students have not had military experiences.
2004 – 2008
Veterans and Residency Services
- Organized procedures that expedited the advising of students on policies regarding residency options. Evaluated 650 applications per year and determined whether their application met MUís requirements.
- Was designated by the VA as a Certifying Official and, as such, advised students on their educational benefits, certified to the VA that the students were attending appropriate courses and degree programs.
- Served veterans as advocate and trouble shooter with the VA and MU.
- Recognized the anxiety of students entering academic life after serving in the military. Organized the Mizzou Student Veterans Association to respond to the veterans needs for identity and community. Served as the Advisor for the MSVA.
- Served on the steering committee, was a presenter and moderator for the International Conference on Trauma in Columbia, MO.
- Served as Tri-Chair of the Chancellor’s Taskforce for a More Veteran—Friendly Campus. Co-authored the proposal that was adopted by the Chancellor.
- Appointed Interim Director of the Veterans Center
2000 – 2004
International Students and Scholar Services Coordinator
- Coordinate services for approximately 1300 international students and scholars from over 100 countries.
- Advise foreign nationals on visa documentation, maintenance of stay, employment and other immigration issues.
- Responsible for overseeing the workflow of F and J visa processing and all international student related matters
- Responsible for organizing and conducting orientation
- Conduct workshops on Immigration regulations for students, scholars and academic departments
- Respond to academic departmentsí requests and questions regarding foreign students and scholars
- Coordinated the implementation of the federally mandated SEVIS System, a web-based monitoring system required of all Universities and Colleges.
Director, International Services,
University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut
- Initially recruited to assist University of New Haven with their recent loss of federal certification to recruit and admit international students. Was appointed as Assistant Director. Remained in this position for 3 weeks.
- Assisted INS and university to correct errors and omissions with their admitting and documenting policies of all international students.
- Promoted to Director with responsibility of re-drafting policy manuals and procedures, overseeing academic standards for foreign students and the universityís recruiting practices pertaining to them.
- Succeeded in meeting the compliance requirements and assuring that the university was certified to admit and recruit foreign students.
- Successfully applied to the Department of State for a J-1 program which allowed the university to recruit and admit sponsored students as well as hire foreign scholars
- Served on the Admissions Committee as well as the Academic Reinstatement Committee for all students
- Supervised two professionals and two clerical staff
- Worked with New Haven volunteer organizations to assist international student and their families to get settled in the community
1980 – 1984
Student Services Advisor
International Student Office University of Missouri, Columbia
- Advised and assisted foreign nationals (including 1700 foreign students, faculty and staff) on maintaining immigration status. Interfaced daily with Immigration and Naturalization Service to maintain the immigration documents of foreign nationals from 107 countries.
- Interviewed candidates and served on the selection committee for the MU Curator Grants In Aid for international students.
- Served as advisor to the International Student Organizations and planned campus events such as International Night, the International Bazaar, International Coffee Nights, and events of individual national groups.
- Served as liaison between the International Student Office and spouses and families of foreign nationals as well
as community organizations dealing directly with those families such as International Women of Columbia and local church groups.
- Served on committees with the Business School and the Small Business Association to explore business opportunities between international businesses and small businesses throughout the state of Missouri.
2008 Chancellorís Excellence Award for Most Outstanding Advisor
2009 Chancellorís Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement Award for Advising
2010 Finalist, Mick Deavor Memorial Award