Kimberly Sinclair of Portland was presented the University of Southern Maine Distinguished Professional Staff Award recently at the annual Professional Staff Recognition Reception. Sinclair currently serves as USM’s interim director of International Programs, having joined the program in 1995.
A key player in making USM a more international university, Sinclair implemented three new exchange programs, collaborating with one U.K. and two Japanese universities thereby increasing the number of students participating in Study Abroad Programs. She successfully completed the SEVIS recertification process for USM, providing the university with necessary federal credentials to continue to receive international students and scholars. USM President Selma Botman named Sinclair to a committee that is developing a variety of new initiatives with several Chinese universities.
Sinclair also has spearheaded on-campus fund raising activities that benefited Haitian and Japanese earthquake victims, as well as annual cultural celebrations. She also developed an annual weeklong New International Student Orientation to facilitate the integration of USM’s international students into the local and university communities.
Sinclair holds a B.A. in English and a M.S. in public policy and management from USM.