Office of International Programs and Services

International Programs & Services Staff

IPS - Ling LeBeau


Ling Gao LeBeau, Ph.D. - Director of International Programs and Services

Provides strategic vision, leadership, advocacy, and expertise on international education and services. She leads and implements campus-wide internationalization initiatives; manages all aspects of Office of International Programs and Services.

She also oversees international partnership development, study abroad programs, international admissions, international student and scholar services, and curriculum internationalization.
+1 828.227.3433 

IPS - Kaitlin Richie


Kaitlin Ritchie - Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Kaitlin handles immigration regulation, visa and SEVIS.

She also advises international students, facilitates international admissions, and international student recruitment.

She also is responsible for on-campus programming for international events and international student activities.
+1 828.227.2567

IPS - Scarlette Briones


Scarlette Briones - International Admissions Counselor

Scarlette is responsible for international admissions applications.

She also handles pre-arrival and post-arrival support for international university and exchange students.

She helps facilitate all international student programming university-wide.
+1 828.227.3455

IPS - Jim Gieser

Jim Gieser - Study Abroad Advisor

Jim oversees all aspects of non-faculty led study abroad programs. 

He advises students, helps them through the application process, as well as gives study abroad presentations and facilitates special events.

He is responsible for risk management and other related tasks.
+1 828.227.2569

IPS - Betty Dishman

Betty Dishman - Administrative Associate

Betty is responsible for all office administration.

She handles budgeting, office meetings, booking travel arrangements as well as travel-friendly laptop reservations.
+1 828.227.7494

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