Jane Meza, Ph.D., named to lead global engagement

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations | July 10, 2018

Image with caption: Jane Meza, Ph.D.

Jane Meza, Ph.D.

Jane Meza, Ph.D., has been named the inaugural associate vice chancellor for global engagement at UNMC and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) effective July 1. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents is expected to approve this position at the August meeting.

This position oversees UNO International Programs, UNMC International Health and Medical Education and the Asia Pacific Rim Development Program. She has been serving in that position on an interim basis since January 2017.

Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., chancellor for UNMC and UNO, said he's impressed with Dr. Meza's accomplishments over the past 18 months and her plan for future growth.

"Dr. Meza has taken our organization's global initiatives to the next level. She has gone beyond expectations to coordinate the international offices and introduce leadership training to market our organization's programs around the world," he said.

"She and her team also have expertly integrated critical support services for international students into an efficient and effective system at UNMC and UNO. And, we are excited for the additional opportunities our faculty now has to conduct research and teach in foreign countries due to Dr. Meza's leadership."

Dr. Meza reports to the senior vice chancellors for academic affairs at UNMC and UNO.

Dele Davies, M.D., senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNMC, said Dr. Meza has proven to be effective and has brought energy and initiative to the role.

"She has been a strong advocate for the needs of international students and visiting scholars and has expanded overseas opportunities to grow our international student body on both campuses.

"I am delighted that Dr. Meza has agreed to permanently take on this important leadership role for both campuses," Dr. Davies said.

UNO Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs B.J. Reed, Ph.D., said: "Over the past year, Dr. Meza has demonstrated significant breadth and depth of global affairs and has worked well with UNO international affairs staff as well as academic and student affairs leadership to move the organization in a positive direction. She also has helped solidify our growing relationships with UNMC to increase global and international initiatives that affect faculty, staff and students across both campuses."

UNMC and UNO established the position in 2016 to cooperate and collaborate on global engagement issues related to their mission areas of education, research and service. The two campuses identified opportunities for collaborations in areas related to the development and implementation of global engagement activities and programs, both on campus and overseas.

A biostatistician, Dr. Meza joined UNMC in 2000 after receiving her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served a 10-month stint as interim dean of the College of Public Health in 2013-2014. In 2014, she was named senior associate dean of the college, a position from which she will step down.

Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health, said Dr. Meza has been a leadership outlier at the college.

"She will be missed. As she was a tremendous talent, it was highly probable that she would be asked to grow the global activities for both universities. I am excited to see the future of our global program under her exemplary direction," Dr. Khan said.

Dr. Meza said her team is working to share best practices for international student support between UNO and UNMC. "We have developed current and future international partnerships that will greatly benefit from the collaboration between UNO and UNMC."

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Pam Boyers
July 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Congratulations - wishing you well in your new role and looking forward to supporting you in any way that we can from iEXCEL!

Dinesh Chandel
July 11, 2018 at 2:47 PM

Congrats Dr. Meza! --A well deserved position with your leadership excellence and shared expertise in public health will greatly benefit both UNMC-UNO campuses in expansion of global engagement programs and new collaborations!

Aleta Gaertner
July 10, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Congratulations, Jane!

Leah Niebaum
July 10, 2018 at 4:41 PM

Well done! You are a great leader, and an advocate of international initiatives.

Keith D Swarts
July 10, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Congrats Jane. You are a proven leader and a great selection for this position.

Kusum
July 10, 2018 at 1:09 PM

Congratulations Jane!

Patrick Fuller
July 10, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Congratulations Dr. Meza!

Sarah Gloden Carlson
July 10, 2018 at 9:20 AM

This is amazing news for UNMC and UNO! Congrats, Dr. Meza!

Carol Russell
July 10, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Congratulations!! Carol Russell

Aileen Warren
July 10, 2018 at 5:16 AM

Congratulations Jane!