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Armstrong Director of International Education Knighted by French Ministry of Education

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Photo ID:  Alexandre Durand, Cultural Attaché to the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, Armstrong State University Director of International Education Dorothée Mertz-Weigel, Ph.D., and Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken (l-r).

(February 23, 2017) – Armstrong State University Director of International Education Dorothée Mertz-Weigel, Ph.D., was recently knighted by the French Ministry of Education in a ceremony held at Armstrong.

"I was very surprised when I was told that I was receiving this award,” notes Mertz-Weigel. “This is usually an award given at the end of someone's career. I am grateful to the French Ministry of Education for this distinct recognition.”

Alexandre Durand, cultural attaché to the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, traveled to Savannah from Atlanta to confer Mertz-Weigel with the Order of Academic Palms of the Chevalier (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques), an honor founded in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte to award devotion and accomplishment in the areas of teaching, scholarship and research.

The French Academic Palms continues today to recognize those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture with their merits, talents and exemplary activities.

Mertz-Weigel joined Armstrong in 2007 and is also an associate professor of French Language and Literature. She has served on the Foreign Language Academic Advisory Committee, the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee and the Faculty Senate. Honored with the H. Dean Propst Award in 2010 for her efforts in student academic and extra-curricular engagement, Mertz-Weigel introduced an eMajor in French program to Armstrong’s campus last fall and directs the annual Francophone Film Festival.

Mertz-Weigel holds a doctorate in French Literature from Ohio State University.

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