GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — The dean of the college at the George C. Marshall European Center is moving on.
Michael Schmitt, who’s served as dean since the fall of 2008, will leave the College of International and Security Studies in June 2010. He’ll become the chair of public international law at Durham University Law School in the United Kingdom. He made the announcement via email July 15.
A search for his replacement is underway.
“Although this will result in my departure earlier than planned, the opportunity to fill a chair at a top tier law school was too attractive professionally to pass by,” Dean Schmitt said. “Recruitment for my successor will proceed in due time. He or she will lead a College that is at the top of its game thanks to your many tireless, and very much appreciated, efforts.”
As head of the college, Dean Schmitt managed five resident programs, the foreign area officer program, and the Partner Language Training Center, Europe. He oversaw the graduation of about 900 students during his tenure. Schmitt helped pave the foundation for partnerships across the globe through various courses of study offered by the Marshall Center, according to Dr. John Rose, the center director.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Mike and we wish him the best,” Dr. Rose said. “As the dean, Mike has raised the standard for the Marshall Center and the college. He’ll be a tough act to follow.”
The mission of the Marshall Center is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships, especially in the field of defense; promoting active, peaceful security cooperation; and enhancing enduring partnerships among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasia.
Staff members from the Marshall Center’s college and Outreach Programs Directorate conduct a variety of unique programs involving 62 countries. Most programs are taught in three languages: English, German and Russian. The college maintains a long-term academic focus while directorate focuses on current issues and problem solving, as well as maintaining contact with more than 60 percent of all Marshall Center alumni.