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Natalie Best named assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services

BOONE—Natalie Best has been named assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services in Appalachian State University’s Office of International Education and Development (OIED).

“Ms. Best brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to this position and will continue to build on the good work done by Tim Zacher,” said Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for International Education and Development. “She also has a lot of fresh ideas on how we can serve our international students and scholars better.

Natalie will be a good addition to our staff as we seek to increase the number of international students at Appalachian.”

Best replaces Zacher, who resigned at the end of June to assume a position in a family business in Wisconsin.

“Appalachian is grateful for the contribution Tim made to advance internationalization on campus and we wish him well in his new career,” Lutabingwa said.

Best comes to Appalachian from the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua, where she taught advanced placement English and American literature. Prior to working in Nicaragua, Best taught for three years at the High School for Environmental Studies in New York City. She also has worked as a secondary school English teacher in Costa Rica. Additionally, Best has worked in International Services at the University of Georgia.

“Beth is enthusiastic in her ideas, experienced in programming and educational efforts and brings a vibrant cross-cultural expertise to bear as she joins the efforts of the office to meet the evolving needs of our growing population of international students, faculty, and other international guests,” said Robert White, executive director of OIED and director of International Student and Scholar Services.

Best has a master of arts in teaching degree from Emory University and a BA degree in comparative literature from the University of Georgia.