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Dan Hester

Director USC School of Social WorkInternational Programs

Biography

Dan Hester joined the USC School of Social Work in 2006 as director of international programs and serves as a program associate for the school’s Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership. He previously managed international program initiatives for the Center for Advanced Study of International Development at Michigan State University (MSU) and served as assistant coordinator for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, directing the professional development and affiliation activities of mid-career professionals from developing nations worldwide. He also served as federal liaison and manager of the Semester Study and Internship Program in Washington, DC for MSU’s College of Social Science and Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

With extensive background in managing international education, research and training initiatives, his work has included activities in Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Federated States of Micronesia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Israel, Korea, Luxembourg, Malawi, Netherlands, Palau, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States.

A political science graduate of MSU, he began his professional career in Washington, DC, with the Close Up Foundation, a non-profit citizenship education foundation, where he was responsible for directing the foundation’s international initiatives in Europe, the former Soviet Union and Pacific Rim. In the early 1990s, he was executive director of Key To Europe, a Brussels, Belgium-based international association for education, training and research on European cooperation and integration. He has also served as development consultant for Project Harmony, a not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that conducts exchange and training programs between the U.S., the Newly Independent States and Central/Eastern Europe.