Daniel Palm will serve as interim director of the Center for International Education effective July 1. Palm currently serves as director of Global Academic Engagement and senior associate director of CIE.

Palm joined the university in 2006 and has played an integral role in building NAU’s partnerships with Chinese universities and agencies. He has been involved in establishing dual degree programs throughout China and Southeast Asia, including the 3+1 dual degree program in electrical engineering with Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. He also helped to establish the Office of Asian Academic Engagement in Beijing, China, in May 2013.

Palm also led the effort that has increased NAU’s Chinese student enrollment from approximately 45 students in 2008 to more than 300 last semester. The majority are dual degree seeking students, and NAU is currently graduating about 50-60 Chinese dual degree seeking students each year.

Palm earned his bachelor’s in history from Northern Arizona University and his master’s in Leadership: Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University in the United Kingdom. He also studied and worked in Beijing for four years. He earned a certificate in Mandarin Chinese and is fluent in the language.