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Gift from Mitchell '67 will encourage study abroad

Barry McNamara
12/30/2011
Jerry Mitchell (right) is congratulated by Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler after his induction into his alma mater’s prestigious Hall of Achievement in October. Mitchell and his wife, Susan, recently made a $50,000 gift to the college to encourage participation in study abroad programs.
A 1967 Monmouth College graduate and his wife have made a $50,000 gift to Monmouth College to encourage and highlight study abroad by MC students.

Jerry Mitchell, who spent his career in the Foreign Service, and his wife, Susan, made the gift after this fall’s visit to campus for Mitchell’s induction into the college’s prestigious Hall of Achievement.

A 30-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, Mitchell assisted U.S. business overseas, most recently as senior commercial officer in Mexico from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that, he served three years in Washington, D.C., as deputy director general, the top career position in the service. He was also posted in Korea, Belgium, Greece, Canada, Zaire and Togo.

A portion of the Mitchells’ gift will be used annually to fund three to five $1,000 study-abroad scholarships. Preference will be given to students who have a combined major/minor in political science or economics and a foreign language. Other majors or minors that have a relevance to international affairs can also qualify as long as the foreign language requirement is maintained. The gift is to encourage a career abroad, such as with the U.S. Foreign Service, other U.S. government agencies, or non-profits with international operations.

Following his Foreign Service career, Mitchell served as executive director of the International Center of Austin (Texas), developing an active business outreach program that focused on educating small businesses about the skills and knowledge needed for successfully conducting international business. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in international business at Austin Community College.