Alumni Achievement Award Recipients
2019 Rising Star
Aaron D. Clevenger, Ed.D. serves as the dean of international programs for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is charged with articulating and implementing the university’s vision for comprehensive internationalization, including increasing international student recruitment, improving international student success and promoting global citizenship to all students, faculty and staff. Clevenger supervises International Admissions, Study Abroad, International Student & Scholar Services, The Embry-Riddle Language Institute, International Student Experience and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. In addition, he serves as the university’s Fulbright Scholar liaison.
Clevenger is an adjunct professor teaching organizational behavior, social justice and ethics & social responsibility. He has led study abroad programs to Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Romania, Hungary and Brazil. Clevenger has twice co-led the Global Service Initiative in Negril, Jamaica, guiding 20 students each year in helping to build or upgrade elementary schools. He is scheduled to lead the third of these mission-style trips in June 2019.
A sampling of Clevenger’s campus service includes co-chairing the Embry-Riddle Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) Quality Enhancement Program, serving as a member of the NCAA Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee, chairing the campus Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee and volunteering on numerous hiring committees.
Clevenger volunteers as the 2019 local arrangements coordinator for NAFSA Region VII, is a member of the 2019 NAFSA Academy for International Education and serves on the International Board of Directors for Delta Upsilon International Fraternity. Clevenger has published and conducted research in areas of character education, leadership education, experiential learning, motivational theory and reflective pedagogy.
Clevenger graduated with a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. He earned his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University in 2014.