James A. Cooney
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Jim Cooney is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Colorado State University. He oversees 45 staff members within the Office of International Programs and serves on both the President’s Cabinet and Council of Deans. In 2007, he wrote CSU’s first International Strategic Plan, and he currently chairs the campus-wide Globalization 2.0 project studying next steps for internationalization. He also founded and chairs CSU’s annual International Colloquium. Cooney was responsible for the proposal that led to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2013 Senator Paul Simon Comprehensive Internationalization Award being awarded to CSU. In 2013, he received Colorado State’s Oliver Pennock Distinguished Service Award and the CSU Ram Pride Service Award in 2014. Cooney is also the Chairman of the Confucius Institute at CSU, a Senior Consultant to Hanban in Beijing, and an honorary professor at East China Normal University.
Cooney has held several leadership positions in international education. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for NAFSA, served as Chair of the Commission for International Initiatives for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and has held several positions with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), including two terms as a mentor for the Presidential Fellows Program. He is currently directing a two-year national study for APLU looking at next steps in internationalization for APLU member institutions. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for AFS Intercultural Programs, Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin, member of the board for the Fort Collins Opera Company, and member of the U.S. Advisory Committee for Jacobs University in Germany.
Cooney studied political science and earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and MIT. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany and a member of the White House Commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. He has taught at six universities and authored five books on U.S.-European relations, and he is a recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, awarded by the President of Germany. In 2013, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong presented Cooney with the Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award. In 2015, Jim was given the Outstanding Service Award by APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives. Before coming to CSU, he worked at Harvard for 23 years at the Kennedy School of Government and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and was the Director of the McCloy German Scholars Program (generally seen as the German equivalent of the Rhodes Scholars Program) for over 20 years.