O’Brien named director of the International Students and Scholars Office

Brendan O’Brien, former director of International Students and Scholars Office at Cornell University, has been named director of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), effective August 1.

“We are excited to welcome Brendan to the Iowa State University community. His people-centered approach and commitment to professional excellence, cross-campus collaboration, and Iowa State’s land-grant mission will position him to make outstanding contributions to international student and scholar success,” said associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students Dr. Vernon Hurte.  “I want to thank the search committee, led by Dr. Pete Englin, for their service in this important search.”

As director of ISSO at Cornell University, O’Brien’s team served more than 5,000 international students and 1,200 international scholars. O’Brien worked directly with immigration regulations and compliance, managed millions of dollars in scholarship funds, and collaborated with dozens of campus partners to ensure international students and scholars had a positive experience through intentional programming and services.  Prior to leading the ISSO team at Cornell University, O’Brien served in the same unit as associate director. O’Brien has also participated in nine international programs over his 20 years with ISSO at Cornell University.

“I am extremely excited to join the Iowa State community.  During my visit to campus, I was tremendously impressed with the university, the community, and all of the dedicated staff members who welcomed me,” said O’Brien.  “I look forward to working together with great colleagues at the International Students and Scholars Office and throughout the university to welcome and serve the diverse and talented international students and scholars at Iowa State.  I can’t wait to join the team!”

The International Students and Scholars Office is a department within Iowa State’s Dean of Students Office.

O’Brien received his master’s of public administration with a concentration in comparative and international development from State University of New York at Albany.