International Vice President
The International Vice President’s Office was established in 2001 to coordinate and communicate Brigham Young University’s international activities, facilitate and leverage efficient use of university resources, and strategically focus attention on priorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We partner with faculty, colleges, the Church, and others.
The International Vice President’s Office is about making the motto, “The World Is Our Campus” a continuing and evident part of university life. In 1962, when President Ernest L. Wilkinson posted the sign at our campus’s front gate, he provided a visual marker on what was already long underway, namely, the development of a unique, prophetically led university that would progress from a good regional college to an outstanding international university.
The International Vice President’s office has responsibility for the following:
- Ambassadorial Visits Program
- College of Continuing Education
- International Diplomatic Scholarships
- Performing Arts Management
- Special International Projects
- David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
- International Study Programs
Sandra Rogers, international vice president
Sandra Rogers is the international vice president at Brigham Young University. Rogers previously served as the associate academic vice president for International, Distance and Continuing Education. With broad experience in the international arena, Rogers has studied, served, and worked in countries such as the Philippines, Nigeria, Jordan, and Romania.
In addition to serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines, she has worked with the Church’s Humanitarian Services Committee in Africa and Eastern Europe. As a nursing professor, Rogers was asked to serve as a consultant for numerous international programs, including training and development projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Rogers also served as dean of BYU’s College of Nursing for six years. Her research has focused on primary health care programs.
She received a PhD from the University of California–San Francisco, specializing in international, cross-cultural nursing and holds degrees from the University of Arizona and Brigham Young University.
Jeff Ringer, associate international vice president
Jeffrey F. Ringer is a new associate international vice president. Ringer served as the director of the BYU’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies (2002–16) and recently replaced Erlend Peterson who retired after serving in the position since 2001.
“Jeff has done an outstanding job in leading the Kennedy Center,” said Vice President Rogers. “Under his direction, International and Area Studies programs have been strengthened, the International Study Programs office has enhanced its ability to provide service to students and faculty, and the Kennedy Center has provided outstanding international enrichment experiences for the campus community. Jeff’s experience in working with faculty, hosting international visitors, and working with Church units and leaders are key to the effort he will make in his new assignment.”
Prior to joining the Kennedy Center as associate director in 1992, Ringer was a visiting instructor of political science at BYU. His primary research and writing interests are in the field of U.S. and Asian relations. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and international relations, respectively, from BYU and did graduate work in political science at the University of Colorado.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ringer continues to teach courses on U.S. foreign policy and Asian politics.
Renata Forste, director, David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, and associate international vice president
A previous chair of the Sociology Department and a former associate dean in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, Renata Forste is currently a professor of sociology.
“Renata brings to this new position a wealth of experience as an academic leader, a fine scholar and a respected internationalist,” Vice President Rogers said. “Her experience as an area studies program coordinator, a leader of study and research/mentored experiences abroad, and as an international researcher provide her with a deep understanding of the Kennedy Center, its programs, and its future potential. I am looking forward to working with her as an associate international vice president.”
Forste’s research has focused on population studies, women and children’s health and development internationally, and family research internationally. Her publications in these areas include more than fifty journal articles, fourteen conference articles, and sixteen grants and fellowships. As a result of Forste’s work, she was awarded the Martin B. Hickman Outstanding Scholar Award in 2009. She received a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from BYU.
During her time at BYU, Forste has also served as coordinator of Latin American Studies and coordinator of Women’s Studies. In 2016, she codirected the study abroad program at BYU’s London Centre.