Karen McKellin wins UBC President's Service Award for Excellence

May 08, 2017

Karen McKellin, Executive Director, International Student Initiative, has been awarded a President's Service Award for Excellence.

For 20 years, Karen McKellin has been an advocate for the interests and needs of international students, to helping them find success in their academic careers at UBC.

Karen’s foresight in recognizing developing trends in international recruitment has helped the International Student Initiative to reach ever-increasing markers of success. Undergraduate international student enrolment was almost non-existent in 1997 when she began her work, with only 450 students; enrollment has since grown to almost 10,000 international undergraduate degree students in 2016.

Karen takes pride in developing her staff’s leadership and professional capabilities. UBC and its employees are recognized as professional, relationship oriented and focused on strategic outcomes by peers at UBC and internally across the globe, and this is due, in large measure, to Karen’s leadership and her ability to empower and inspire her staff.

Karen’s focus on international students has made UBC a better university. She has positioned UBC as an academic leader internationally, through the many professional relationships she and her team have developed.

To learn more about the President's Service Award for Excellence and the rest of the 2017 recipients, view the full announcement.

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