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Joan Brzezinski named executive director of the University’s China Center and Confucius Institute

Joan Brzezinski has been named executive director of the University’s China Center and Confucius Institute. Joan has been the interim director of the China Center while serving in her permanent position as director of the Confucius Institute. In this new position as executive director, she will oversee all projects and programming within both the China Center and Confucius Institute, including fundraising for China initiatives and identifying opportunities to expand the University system's relationships in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Joan BrzezinskiJoan joined the China Center at the University of Minnesota in 1997 and was promoted to assistant director in 2003. In 2006, she coordinated the University’s efforts to establish a Confucius Institute, becoming its first director in 2008. Joan has experience working in China and the U.S. in a variety of positions in tourism, travel marketing, and operations, and as a business consultant to companies working in China. She currently serves on the advisory committee for the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), as a board member of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association Minnesota Chapter, and as an adviser for the US-China Healthcare Information Exchange (USCHIE). Joan graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian history and a Master of International Management degree from the University of St. Thomas.