Professor Emerita Betty Webb, former director of international programs at Meredith College, is the 2018 recipient of the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE)’s Martha Fitch Trigonis Individual Award.
The Martha Fitch Trigonis Individual Award recognizes someone who has shown remarkable excellence in the field of international education. The NCAIE is a professional organization of more than 600 administrators, educators, and community volunteers, committed to promoting the cause of international education in North Carolina.
In their nomination of Webb, current and former international program staff members said, “For more than 30 years, Webb has invested deeply in the international education of hundreds upon hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends of Meredith College. As an English professor, she developed the Office of International Programs, transformed the culture of study abroad at our institution, and served as the visionary and inaugural director of Meredith’s international home in Sansepolcro, Italy.”
The award also recognizes Webb for her mentorship of international programs staff, her advocacy of a culture at Meredith that is welcoming to international students from a variety of backgrounds, and her continuing service to the College. She co-directs the Meredith Travel Program, a successful series of travel opportunities for alumnae and friends of Meredith, and continues to be a passionate fundraiser for study abroad.
Director of International Programs Brooke Shurer and Associate Director of International Programs Liz Yaros accepted the award on Webb’s behalf at the NCAIE annual conference on March 9, 2018.
In her acceptance, Webb thanked Meredith College for its support of her dream of increasing international opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. She also noted that the values shared by international educators have never been more essential.
“We in international education are blessed to have learned through our own and our students’ travels and interactions with people from other countries that there is far more that connects us as humans than separates us,” Webb said. “We must unite to resist with all of our hearts and souls and minds and strength those forces afoot that would suggest otherwise, those forces that wish to separate and polarize us.”