ISSSO Director Earns Outstanding Supervisor Award

August 22, 2016

Mark Forehand, director of Kennesaw State University’s International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) received the 2016 Outstanding Supervisor Award on Thursday, Aug. 11th at the annual Faculty/Staff Award Ceremony. Interim President Houston Davis presented the award on behalf of the University and the Kennesaw State University Foundation, following remarks by Provost Ken Harmon.

About The ISSSO

Established in July 2015, the ISSSO is already a key component of Kennesaw State’s Division of Global Affairs. It oversees admissions for international students and brings international J-1 scholars to campus to teach classes and conduct research. The ISSSO further assists these international visitors by providing academic support, helping them find housing, and by helping them obtain driver’s licenses and Social Security Cards.

For international students in the U.S., keeping good grades, having a place to lay their head at night and possessing a legal form of identification are each pivotal in maintaining a successful university experience.

Forehand’s department is not only an important part of Kennesaw State, but also essential to every visiting, transferring, and researching international student or scholar who chooses KSU as a place of study.

About Mark Forehand

Director Forehand has been the head of ISSSO since its creation. His personal backstory is filled with academic merit and professional global experiences.

ISSSO Director Mark Forehand

He initially earned a BS in Political Science and Government at Florida State University then went on to study law at Creighton University in Nebraska. After receiving his Doctor of Law, he went on to practice as a lawyer for several years. He then transitioned to Teaching English abroad in 2005 only to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Official Language (TESOL) in 2007-09.

Mark has held a variety of management positions around the world in the private language-learning sector. These include managing worldwide inspections of language schools, directing curriculum and studies in Saudi Arabia, serving as director of studies in Kyiv, Ukraine, and working as a methodology trainer in the Cambridge English language training system, just to name a few.

At Kennesaw State, Forehand has been the Director of English for Special Programs and Interim Director of the Intensive English Program before becoming ISSSO director.

“I'm incredibly humbled that the people I work with in the International Student and Scholar Services Office felt it appropriate to nominate me for the award,” he said. “Also, I'm honored that the University favorably considered the application made by the ISSSO team.”

When asked about the difficulty in managing a department that does so much for the University’s ever-growing population of international students and scholars, he had nothing but praise for his team and clientele.

“Actually, its a pretty easy job given how great the team is here that mentors and works with the international students that we provide services to.”

-Vincent Brown