Dr. Davidson (BA, Russian and German, Kansas; Ph.D., Slavic Languages, Harvard University) is Senior Academic Advisor and President Emeritus of American Councils for International Education (Washington, D. C.) and Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition, Bryn Mawr College. He is author/editor of 44 books and 65 scholarly articles on Russian language, culture and international education. Davidson was named in 2015 to the Commission on Languages, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Russian Academy of Education, the Ukrainian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, Vice-President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian (MAPRIAL), and past chair of the College Board World Languages Advisory Committee, the Joint National Committee for Languages, and the Alliance for International Education Exchange.
Jacob U’Mofe Gordon, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas; served on the KU faculty, 1970-2004. He is founder and first Chairman of the Department of African (now African and African American) Studies, 1970-1980; served as Executive Director, Center for Multicultural Leadership, 1982-2004. He was Fulbright Senior Specialist to Ghana, and the Kwame Nkrumah Endowed Chair in African Studies, University of Ghana, 2012-2015. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bullying Prevention Association and the National Alumni Association of Bethune-Cookman University; and Advisory Board of the African American Studies Program at University of Florida. Dr. Gordon’s expertise includes African Studies and the African Diaspora.
The Honorable Victor Jackovich, first US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992–1995) and Ambassador to Slovenia (1995–1998), focuses on relations of the SLLC with public and private sectors. He has expertise in Eastern Europe, Africa, and other world areas.
Roberta Johnson, Professor Emerita, received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She taught at K-State and the Claremont Colleges in California before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas in 1990.
Betty J. Kagan received her BA in French and Spanish from KU, a maitrise de culture francaise from the Sorbonne, an MA in French Literature and Linguistics from UCSB and an MBA in Computer Applications & Information Systems plus International Business from NYU Stern School of Business. Betty previously served on the CLAS Board as well as NYU's alumni board in NY and UK. Her expertise is in global human resource systems as well as financial systems. Her focus on the board will be integrating international business and consulting needs with the SLLC curriculum and outreach activities.
Barbara Koval-Nelson, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Kansas City, focuses on regional community engagement. Her area interests are Slovene language, Slovene studies, and Europe in general.
Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., began his tenure as Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District on July 1, 2015. Previously, he served as Superintendent/President of Solano Community College District. Dr. Laguerre holds a Ph.D., in Educational Leadership for college and university administration, a Master’s of Science in Education in School Administration and a Master’s of Arts in French Literature from the University of Kansas, and a Certificate in Mathematics and Physics Education from l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Professor Moldavanova (Wayne State), Public Administration, focuses on the SLLC Board on institutional sustainability.
Rex Niswander, of Counsel with Morrison & Foerster, has worked as a corporate lawyer for more than 30 years. His areas of interest are Mandarin and East Asian languages, international law and international education. He is the Chair of the Board of the Global Language Project.
Viktoria Olskaia, President of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, an international entrepreneur and an expert in private-sector development in emerging market countries, focuses on SLLC relations to international partners. Her area expertise is in post-Soviet states, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Safadi, KU alumnus and President of the Delta Corporation of Kansas, supports the work of the school and focuses in particular on Arabic language, literature, and Islamic culture.
A physician, Dr. Vogelsang serves as the Consul for the Republic of Croatia in Kansas City. She is involved in many civic organization in the Kansas City area.