Kimberly Strozewski Named Director of NC State Prague

Kimberly Strozewski has been named the director of the NC State European Center in Prague, a unit of the Office of Global Engagement. NC State Prague is the university’s only permanent international facility that welcomes both students and faculty alike.

Strozewski will take on the director role in mid-February from Interim Director Heidi Hobbs, who will return to Raleigh and continue to assist in the transition through May. Hobbs has efficiently led the center forward, ensuring it meets NC State standards in continuing to offer high-quality academic programs that serve the university as a whole.

Strozewski brings 14 years of experience with study abroad leadership for American students in Prague. She joins NC State from CET Academic Programs, where she has been Director of Prague Programs since 2006. Strozewski has been with CET since 2004, speaks fluent Czech and has experience with both US and Czech higher education institutions. She is committed to helping students discover Prague and adjust to living in the Czech Republic.

“Kim brings exceptional leadership in study abroad and a deep understanding of the Czech Republic to NC State Prague,” said Bailian Li, senior vice provost for Global Engagement. “We are excited about the ways in which she will lead our university’s gateway to a global education.”

In her role, Strozewski will be responsible for creating a new framework for the center to support the growing number of students, faculty, and staff who utilize the space. More than 200 students experienced Prague in the 2017-2018 academic year. With a new facility and NC State’s expanding commitment to provide opportunities to study and conduct research abroad, NC State Prague plans to build on the successes of the past year with several changes to better serve those who research and study there.

Strozewski holds a dual masters degree in history and Slavic area studies from The Ohio State University. While completing coursework towards her Ph.D. in Central/East European history at the University of Michigan, she taught courses on the Holocaust and World War II as well as European history. Strozewski has lived and researched in Prague, Krakow, and Budapest and has designed and led programs in Jewish and Central European studies, business and economics as well as in film, photography and media.