Archive for Saturday, June 6, 1998


June 6, 1998


The director of International Student Services at Fort Hays State University has been named to the same position at Kansas University.

Joe Potts, director of FHSU's international services since 1990, will take over July 1 as director of KU's Office of International Student Services.

Potts will fill a post that became vacant with the death last fall of Gerald Harris, who came to KU in 1990. Daphne Johnston, who has served as interim director, will return to her duties as associate director.

"Joe brings a wealth of experience and expertise in areas related to international education," said James Kitchen, KU dean of student life. "His enthusiasm, creativity and energy make him a rising star in the field."

At Fort Hays, Potts directs international undergraduate admissions and administrative services for international students. Potts also has taught courses in ethics and leadership as an adjunct faculty member.

He is fluent in conversational Mandarin Chinese and has basic proficiency in conversational Japanese. He has studied and worked abroad as regional administrator in China and Japan.

Potts received a doctorate in history and philosophy of education from Kansas State University in 1998. He also earned a master's in teaching English as a second language from KU.

KU enrolls about 1,557 international students annually. Nearly 800 of these are from the Far East and about 260 from the Near East and South Asia. More than 250 are from Europe. About 200 are from the Americas; fewer than 50 are from Africa.

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