Director, Public Partnership & Outreach
Rudder Tower 8th Floor
Ms. Linda Edwards has been an employee of Texas A&M University since 2000. In 2003 she became interim director of International Outreach and in 2004 was named Director where she was responsible for international engagement efforts both on the campus and in the community. Currently she is the Director of Outreach in Public Partnership and Outreach and is involved in outreach in the community and with international delegations. She provides protocol support and coordinates and assists others with the arrangements for international visitors, conferences, workshops, cultural awareness activities, as well as recognition and awards programs.
As part of her responsibilities as Director, Ms. Edwards provides faculty various services to encourage and facilitate international involvement through such programs as the Senior Fulbright Program. Ms. Edwards works to promote recognition of outstanding faculty actions through the Bush Excellence Awards for Faculty in international teaching and research and public service and the Presidential Award of Excellence for Faculty Service to International Students. In addition she facilitates international linkages between Texas A&M and institutions and universities around the world by providing coordination and assistance in development of Memoranda of Agreement, routing them for approval and maintaining a database and archive of the documents. Her office also facilitates the Outstanding International Alumnus Award.
Ms. Edwards earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 2002 and a Masters in Management in 2003, both from Texas A&M University. She is a trained facilitator and has 16 years of experience in training and development specifically in areas of self-awareness and communication. In her current role, Linda provides facilitation service, protocol training and information, in addition to one-to-one and group sessions on understanding culture at Texas A&M. She served on the original steering committee that created and wrote curriculum of a cross-cultural competency building program called Community of Respect; currently she is the coordinator and facilitator for the program which offers both seminars and train-the-trainer workshops.
She traveled to China on a Fulbright Hays Group Study Abroad Program in 2004 with 11 Texas school teachers and provided a venue for the teachers to present the curriculum developed in China at a Teachers’ Workshop in 2005. Edwards served as the Chair of the Operations Committee for the 2009 and 2011 China U.S. Relations Conference, a series of conferences between 2003 and 2011 that exchanged host sites between the U.S. and China biennially. She led a work group in South America to help facilitate the opening of The Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica. She has also traveled to Japan and Qatar, providing her with rich examples of cross-cultural communications styles and sues this experience in her First Year Seminar “Raising Your Cultural IQ” taught each fall.
She is one of the coordinators for our local international festival, Brazos Valley Worldfest which takes place each November. Ms. Edwards is providing leadership, marketing and promotional experience for the festival coordination team.
Prior to coming to Texas A&M to complete her undergraduate and graduate degrees and joining the International Programs Office, Ms. Edwards worked as the public information officer and fund development officer of Hospice Brazos Valley for seven years.