Vice Provost for International Affairs
Jim Cooney is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Colorado State University. He serves on the President’s Cabinet and the Council of Deans; he oversees a staff of 33 while being responsible for implementing the university’s internationalization plan. He is the chairperson of the Confucius Institute Advisory Committee at CSU. In 2013 he received CSU’s Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award.
Cooney worked at Harvard University for 23 years as Executive Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Dean of International Programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Director of the McCloy German Scholars Program. He is a former Executive Committee Member of the Commission of International Programs for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); he also served as a member of the international Board of Directors of NAFSA: The International Educators Association, as chairman of the Board of Trustees for AFS Intercultural Programs, and as the Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute in Germany.
Cooney received his B.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard College and MIT, and he was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany. He taught political science at Aichi Prefectural University in Japan, MIT, Wellesley College, Hampshire College, Harvard University, and now Colorado State University. He is also an honorary professor at East China Normal University. Cooney has authored five books on U.S.-European relations, and in 2003 he received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.