The Retirement of Richard Downie

Published: March 15th, 2000

Category: Memos

David R. Colburn, Interim Provost

Richard Downie has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2000. Downie has served the university for 24 years and became associate director for the international center in 1990. He has worked in international education for some 35 years.

While at the University of Florida, Downie served as regional chair of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) and later became NAFSA’s Vice President and then President of the 8,000 member national organization that supports all aspects of international education. He also was the founding president of Phi Beta Delta, National Honor Society for International Scholars, and was the recipient of Fulbright awards for international educators to Japan and Germany. Downie lived and worked in India and served in the Army during the Korean War. He received his BA from the University of California, Davis; MA from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
A party to thank him for his contributions to the University of Florida has been scheduled for March 28, 2000 from 3:30- 5:00 in the Keene Faculty Center.

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