Welsh Returns to Thailand as Ombudsman

Jan. 20, 2016

Welsh Back in Thailand as Ombudsman

Keith Welsh is back in Thailand as ombudsman for Webster's campus locations there. After serving the role from May-July 2015, the professor in Religious Studies was in St. Louis to teach his courses last fall, with the understanding he would return to Thailand in this role for Spring 2016.

"I'm delighted to return to Webster University Thailand and work with the students, faculty, and staff to further the goal of one Webster worldwide," Welsh said. "Webster University Thailand has made impressive strides in meeting the targets established by the site review. My goal is to help complete the goals established in that review and enhance the developments in communications within Thailand and between Thailand and Webster worldwide."

 Welsh was first appointed to the role in May 2015.

At the time of the appointment, Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer, said Welsh's "experience and knowledge of the Thailand campus, his passion for students and his objectivity suit us well as we move ahead in addressing areas for improvement in Thailand."

Welsh has taught in the College of Arts & Sciences since 1988, including two years at the Cha’Am campus in Thailand and stints on Webster’s Vienna and London campuses. While in Thailand, he helped found and direct the Webster University Thailand Players, a student theater group. In 2002, he earned a Messing Award to study Thai Language and Literature. In addition, he has served in the Faculty Senate and has served as chair to the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Council of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English. He has a PhD in English from Indiana University.

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