Jill Blondin, Executive Director of the Global Education Office (GEO) at VCU, received her B.A. in art history from Indiana University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before becoming Executive Director of GEO, Dr. Blondin served as the inaugural director of VCU Globe, a global education living-learning program for undergraduate students devoted to building cultural agility.

Previously Dr. Blondin helped to develop and launch Global Awareness through Education (GATE), a globally-focused living-learning program, at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she was also an associate professor of art history. Under Dr. Blondin’s leadership, VCU Globe received the two most prestigious awards in international education: the 2015 NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award and the 2018 Andrew Heiskell Award from the Institute of International Education.

Dr. Blondin has shared her expertise as a Fulbright Specialist to Brazil (2018), and as a speaker with the U.S. Department of State Study Abroad Engagement Grant Program and Fulbright Portugal (2019). She has received numerous awards and grants for her teaching and research, and has presented and published on intercultural campus environments, global education, and art history.