David Hawley is the manager of global programming the Office of Global Engagement, a position in which he works with partners across NC State to bring international experiences to students on campus.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in a small, rural farming community in eastern North Carolina. I was fortunate enough to attend NC State as a first-generation college student studying Spanish language and literature and international studies. I was also one of the first students to complete the Global Perspectives Certificate. I eventually returned to campus to complete the Master in International Studies program.
How long have you been with NC State and the Office of Global Engagement?
I have been in the Office of Global Engagement for the past two years and in the global division for five years. Prior to joining the Office of Global Engagement, I worked in the Study Abroad Office as the general advisor and office manager.
I coordinate on-campus globally-focused programming and partnership efforts aimed at helping students gain a global perspective locally here in Raleigh. I also assist with hosting international delegations to campus and the coordinate the technology needs of our unit.
The people. I love the collaborative nature of our campus. While there are many different units on campus – we all have the same goal of preparing our students to be successful in the future. And I think we have the best students in the world.
When I arrived on campus as a freshman, I had never stepped foot on a plane and had only left eastern NC a couple of times. Ten plus years later I have been fortunate enough to visit nearly a dozen countries, including an extended period of time living in northern Mexico. Also, I consider myself an amateur NC State historian – my love for NC State runs deep.
Watching sports, specifically NC State. I also enjoy the outdoors and try to spend as much time as I can hiking, fishing, hunting, or anything else that gets me out into nature. Recently I have started woodworking, thanks to the helpful instructors at the NC State Crafts Center.
My “World’s Greatest Boss” mug