Mary Schlarb Directs International Programs

Mary Schlarb Directs International Programs


SUNY Cortland has named Mary Schlarb of Ithaca, N.Y., as director of the International Programs Office. She most recently served as assistant director of the office.

Shlarb will oversee international student and scholar services, manage the study abroad program and provide leadership for the College’s international initiatives.

She will report to Carol Van Der Karr, associate provost for Academic Affairs.

“We are very excited about Mary Schlarb moving into the position of Director of the International Programs Office,” Van Der Karr said. “In order for the campus to develop meaningful international initiatives and partnerships, we need a director of International Programs who can help us refine our vision and cultivate excellence in programs and services. Mary has the professional experience, academic background and a collaborative leadership approach that will contribute greatly to our students and the campus as a whole.”

Prior to joining SUNY Cortland in February 2010, Schlarb served as assistant director of Syracuse University’s Slutzker Center for International Services from 2008 to 2010. There, she coordinated visa processes for international faculty and researchers, worked with academic departments and administrators on international hiring, supervised institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations and provided leadership support to the director in a variety of capacities.

From 2003 to 2007, Schlarb was assistant director of Cornell University’s International Students and Scholars Office, where she also served as international student and scholar advisor. During this time she provided regulatory liaison assistance to advisors at institutions throughout New York and New Jersey through NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Her international experience includes work with Volunteers in Asia (VIA) in Indonesia, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in Italy, and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation in the Philippines.  

Schlarb received a Master of Professional Studies in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Stanford University in 1992. She has published and presented both nationally and internationally.

For more information on SUNY Cortland’s International Programs Office, visit their website