Nigar Khan

I recently retired from the University of Massachusetts Amherst after spending more than four decades in the academic administration. My association with the School of Education goes back to the 1970’s when I had just completed a Master's degree in Political Science. It was the start of a beautiful relationship, as my career and education at the University went side by side until I completed my doctorate in 2012.


At the University, I have had the opportunity to serve in numerous senior-level positions. My most significant accomplishments as the Associate Graduate Dean were the opportunity to establish several dual-degree international agreements; to develop and integrate various cutting-edge and self-sustaining multi-disciplinary graduate certificate programs and to advanced faculty research and educational collaborations. My leadership role led to new areas of inquiry, increased academia‐industry relations, academia‐government collaborations, and bringing new federal and private funding sources to the University.


After retiring in 2012, I served as the Director of International Relations at the International Programs Office at the UMass, Amherst, for one year. Later, I was chosen to be the Deputy Chief of Party for a USAID-funded Pakistan project called the 'Training for Pakistan Project, Centers for Advanced Studies’ in Islamabad, Pakistan. That allowed me to spend a few months in Pakistan, doing the groundwork for the project, but unfortunately the project never came to fruition due to some political complications. Until recently, I have also served on the Board of Trustees for a charter school in Massachusetts.[2-21]




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