Richard Lazzerini, the University’s International Student Advisor and Associate Director of the International Center, will retire this June, 2018. During his 39 year tenure at the University, Richard has touched the lives of thousands of international students, and has been a vital member of the campus community.
Richard came to the University in 1979 as the Veteran Advisor, responsible for advising veterans regarding educational benefits, and acting as the University’s liaison with the Veterans Administration. Richard also served as advisor to the University’s Veteran Club, which at the time had over 100 members.
In 1981, Richard’s role expanded to include international student advising. By 1983, he was promoted to Assistant Registrar. In addition to serving as advocate and mentor for campus veterans and international students, Richard assumed responsibility for transcript issuance, commencement, and student record verification. In 1991, Richard was again promoted to Associate Registrar. In this capacity, he supervised over twenty employees, contributed to drafting the University catalog, and oversaw the year-long process of digitizing student records.
In the early 1990s, the University employed two international student advisors; Richard, who dealt with the legal aspects of international students’ maintenance of status, and an international student advisor within the Dean of Students’ Office who managed student programming and advisement. Upon that staff member’s departure, Richard was transferred from the Office of the Registrar to become the University’s full-time International Student Advisor and Associate Director of the International Center.
Richard has remained in this role since 1994, serving as the University’s primary liaison between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and other federal and state agencies associated with international student enrollment. During his tenure as International Student Advisor, Richard has developed a variety of robust programs for international students and the campus community, ranging from international orientation to the University’s beloved International Festival, which culminates International Education Week and celebrated its 33rd year this March.
Throughout his tenure, Richard has forged countless cherished relationships with students and colleagues. We are grateful for Richard’s nearly forty years of service, and his commitment and dedication to the University will be truly missed. To honor his legacy and wish him well in retirement, the International Center will be hosting a day of farewell for Richard. All members of the University community are welcome to come to the International Center (GSU 309) any time between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 7th to celebrate Richard’s many contributions to the University and wish him all the best for his journey into retirement.