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Peace Corps director to speak at University of Maryland, Baltimore commencement

The director of the Peace Corps will deliver the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s spring commencement address, university officials said.

Jody Olsen will speak to graduates during the May 18 graduation ceremony in Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena.

She “is a tireless champion for developing the campus infrastructure and faculty and student competencies to ensure that we can effectively and safely deliver great global education,” said Richard P. Barth, dean of the university’s school of social work. “She is a terrific communicator, relentlessly optimistic and affirming, and exceptionally knowledgeable about all things international.”

Olsen began her work in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Tunisia in 1966. She gradually moved up through the ranks, before being confirmed as the Peace Corps’ director in March.

She has also been a visiting professor in the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she earned a masters degree.

Olsen has also worked as senior vice president of the Academy of Educational Development, a nonprofit focused on education and economic development in the United States and 150 other countries.

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