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Distinguished visitor

Barry McNamara
Jerry Mitchell, a 1967 graduate of Monmouth College, will return to his alma mater on Sept. 15 as part of the college’s Distinguished Visitors Program. Mitchell will speak to two classes and participate in a forum discussion.

Mitchell is an adjunct professor of international business at Austin (Texas) Community College, where he also serves as associate director of the college’s Export Education Program. From 2005 to 2006, he was executive director of the International Center of Austin, a non-profit organization that works to promote international educational, cultural and business activities in the Greater Austin area. In cooperation with a number of partners, Mitchell developed an active business outreach program, focused on educating small businesses on the skills and knowledge needed for successfully conducting international business. He also serves as chair of the Camino Real District Export Council, a volunteer organization that assists small businesses throughout central Texas to export.

Mitchell spent nearly 30 years with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, helping U.S. business overseas, most recently as senior commercial officer in Mexico from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that, he served two years in Washington, D.C., as deputy director general for the Commercial Service, the top career position in the service. Mitchell, who speaks French, Greek and Spanish, has also been posted in Korea, Belgium, Greece, Canada and Africa.

MC development officer Steve Bloomer, who helped organize Mitchell’s visit, said that an open forum with Mitchell on potential careers in diplomatic services will be of particular interest. The forum will be held at 4 p.m. in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall.
“Jerry’s willingness to return to Monmouth College to share his thoughts on a number of hot U.S. foreign policy issues and to discuss potential careers will benefit both political science students and others who are seeking career options serving their nation abroad," said Bloomer.