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David Bevan, outgoing director, Bader International Study Centre

[David Bevan, outgoing director of the BISC]David Bevan, director of the Bader International Study Centre, is retiring after a 42-year academic career.

A well-defined sense of community at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) is the highlight of David Bevan’s tenure as the executive director over the last nine years.

“I have enjoyed the wonderful, dedicated staff, the engaging faculty, and the ever-changing, diverse and exciting student cohort that now hails from 100 different universities,” says Dr. Bevan, who is retiring after a 42-year academic career.

Dr. Bevan looks back fondly on his time living and working at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Enrollment at the BISC doubled under his leadership, helping it achieve financial viability. He also encouraged the development of a distinctive overseas identity and pedagogy for the BISC that enhances the Queen’s experience but doesn’t replicate it.

“I believe that new ideas and energy will help develop the international range of the BISC’s students and offerings,” says Dr. Bevan. “There is potential for expanding the alumni network and creating multiple uses of the Castle Estate to support the program.”

Dr. Bevan anticipates a relaxed retirement—teaching, writing and possibly doing some consulting. Gardening is also inevitable and he plans to buy and sell some antiques and learn some new skills.

Bruce Stanley, Dr. Bevan’s successor, will begin his five-year term on July 1.

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