Dr. Kerry Cooper, executive director of the Center for International Business Studies and Cullen Trust Professor of Business Administration, was recently named to the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program Commission.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert appointed Cooper to the Congressionally authorized task force. The goal of the commission is to recommend a national federally funded study abroad fellowship program that will improve the international education of U.S. university students. Congress appropriated $500,000 for the commission of the study, which will be completed by 2005.

In naming Cooper to the commission, Speaker Hastert praised the commission’s mission and asserted that Cooper’s “expertise in this area will surely benefit the efforts of the commission.” At Texas A&M, Cooper has overseen the creation of numerous study abroad and international exchange programs for Mays Business School students.