UNICEF director tapped as new president of World Learning

Carol Bellamy.
Carol Bellamy.

Carol Bellamy will join World Learning in June after 10 years at UN agency

Carol Bellamy has been named president and CEO of World Learning and president of its School for International Training, Susan B. Plimpton, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced today. Bellamy succeeds James A. Cramer who stepped down in December after six years in the position.

Ms. Bellamy will take up her new post in June when she finishes her work as executive director of UNICEF in New York. She has also served as director of the Peace Corps in Washington, DC, president of the New York City Council, and in several key positions in the private sector.

Ms. Bellamy was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

“I can’t think of a better qualified person to take World Learning, The Experiment in International Living and the School for International Training into the future,” said Susan Plimpton. “Carol brings invaluable experience to our organization, energy and enthusiasm, and an impressive record of achievement in a wide-ranging career in public service.”

Bellamy is leaving her UNICEF post, as required by UN mandate, after serving two five-year terms. Until she takes up the reins in June, Bob Chase is serving as interim World Learning president. Chase is the former head of World Learning’s development and training arm in Washington, DC.

“I am delighted to accept this challenge,” Ms. Bellamy said. “Educational opportunity is something I feel passionately about, and it will be a great honor to lead World Learning toward even greater reach and relevance in today’s interconnected world. It’s a great follow on from my years at UNICEF, during which I saw very clearly how important education is for both individuals and nations.”

Ms. Bellamy will lead an organization whose scope has grown considerably in the 72 years since its founding as The Experiment in International Living, the country’s first exchange program to enlighten US youth about the world’s many and varied cultures.

World Learning today is comprised of four operating divisions: The Experiment in International Living, the School for International Training, World Learning for International Development, and World Learning for Business. In 2004 the organization delivered and maintained 175 programs in 108 countries.

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