Maegan Stevens-Liska has been appointed interim assistant vice chancellor for global affairs. The appointment, announced by Katherine Ankerson, executive vice chancellor, is effective Jan. 1.
Stevens-Liska succeeds Josh Davis, who has been appointed associate to the chancellor and chief of staff for Chancellor Ronnie Green.
In the role, Stevens-Liska will oversee the offices of Global Experiences, Global Partnerships and Initiatives, International Student and Scholar Services, and Programs in English as a Second Language. She will continue progress on the Forward Together: A Global Strategy for UNL strategic plan and complete the vision of the global education center in Louise Pound Hall.
Stevens-Liska, senior director of global affairs and director of global partnerships and initiatives, has championed the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s international efforts for more than a decade in various campus roles.
“I am excited to have Maegan step into this interim role. Her dedication to the university’s global engagement efforts is evident, and I look forward to her taking on a new leadership role,” Ankerson said. “I’m confident that she will continue the momentum of our global strategy in support of the N2025 strategic plan, work in close collaboration with faculty and staff, departments, and colleges across campus, and provide executive management for the offices within global affairs.”
Stevens-Liska has had a significant impact on the university’s global initiatives serving international students. She has provided leadership on key programs with the U.S. Department of State including serving as administrative director and principal investigator for the Mandela Washington Fellowship; PI for the Leadership in Higher Education Program with the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture; and PI for the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Summer Virtual Exchange Program with Egypt. She also served as PI for the university’s Global Virtual Project for students in the U.S., Middle East and North Africa supported by the Stevens Initiative and Bezos Family Foundation.
Additionally, Stevens-Liska has worked closely with Fulbright Commissions around the world to establish programs on campus, most notably with Argentina and Germany. She has also worked closely with Nebraska’s Center for Children, Youth, Families and Schools to establish a partnership with early childhood education professionals across Brazil.
“The leadership that Josh Davis has provided to the Global Affairs teams over the past four years has been phenomenal, inspiring, and deeply appreciated,” Stevens-Liska said. “I am honored to be asked to serve in this interim role. I care deeply about the work that we do, and the impact that we have on students, our community and state, and around the world.”
Prior to working at Nebraska U, Stevens-Liska taught at the Dresden International School and at the Dresden Volkshochschule, e.V. in Germany. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and a Master of Arts in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.