Sarah J. Malcolm

Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 330-672-8655

Sarah J. MalcolmSarah J. Malcolm is the Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communication for the Office of Global Education at Kent State University. She oversees international partnership development, international agreements and contracts, and coordinates marketing and communication activities focused on international student recruitment and retention and promotion of study abroad. Before joining the Office of Global Education in 2011 she served as a Strategic Analyst for the Office of the Provost and as an Academic Advising Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to working at Kent State University she was an educator in Costa Rica.

Malcolm is active in several professional organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the NASPA International Education Knowledge Community. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Spanish Literature degrees from Kent State University. 

Professional Affiliations:
  • NASPA: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
  • NCMA: National Contract Management Association
  • 2012 Mothers, Mentors, and Muses Award
Community Service:
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Coleman Professional Services
  • Leadership Portage County Class of 2013
  • Member, Board of Trustees, United Way of Portage County July 2010-December 2013
  • Graduate, Citizens Police Academy 2012
  • Member, Kent Community Timebank

Leslie S. Bowser

Senior Global Programs Advisor

Leslie S. Bowser

Leslie Bowser joined the Office of Global Education at Kent State University in August 2016. As the Senior Global Programs Advisor for the International Partnerships Division, her primary responsibility is coordination of Kent State’s dual-degree program with partner university PUC-PR in Curitiba, Brazil, The American Academy.  Ms. Bowser brings a wealth of international affairs experience to the position, including 10 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, where she served in Rio de Janeiro, Ljubljana, Montreal, and Washington, D.C.   In addition, she helped with establishment of a new ESL program at Baldwin Wallace University, she spent several years managing international relocations for private sector corporations, and she has worked in the non-profit sector as well, coordinating U.S. government grant programs for international visitors to the United States.

Ms. Bowser holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, a Masters in Public Administration from Kent State, and completed a full year study abroad program at the University of Seville, Spain as part of her undergraduate degree program.  Having lived in or visited more than 30 foreign countries, Ms. Bowser has a great passion for travel and global education.


Don Vana

Marketing and Communication Specialist


Valerie ReedValerie Reed

Associate Director, International Partnerships

Valerie Reed joined the Office of Global Education in October 2018 after working for 7 years with faculty and students in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies. Valerie’s role as Associate Director of International Partnerships involves working with university partners on various types of agreements and managing relationships with recruitment agents overseas. Valerie's previous experience was as an investigator for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and a paralegal.

Valerie holds a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was an exchange student in Argentina and loves working with others who share her enthusiasm for international education.