2014 Award Winner:
Distinguished Service Award
William “Bill” Paver worked at the University of Texas at Austin from 1980 up to his retirement in 2001. During his tenure, he increased the visibility of international education and directed the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Bill was awarded Honorary Membership to AACRAO upon his retirement from UT Austin. Throughout his career Bill has continually applied his skills and creativity to address one of the most complex and important responsibilities facing higher education administrators: the task of identifying, describing, and publicizing the key components of the admission and placement of foreign students in our colleges and universities.
Bill has presented on the subject of international education domestically and internationally at numerous AACRAO conferences, as well as those of NAFSA, SACRAO, the European Association of International Educators (EAIE), and many others. From 1995 until 2001, Bill was a member of the TOEFL Board of Directors during which time he chaired three separate committees. He also served on the Board for NAFSA and Chaired the NAFSA Admissions Section (ADESC) team.
Bill’s work in international education has led to his collaboration with countless associations and government agencies, and AACRAO has benefited considerably from Bill’s involvement. From 1994 to 1997, Bill served on the AACRAO Board of Directors as Vice President for International Education. As a member of the Projects in International Education Research (PIER) committee, he helped to oversee the publication of several country studies, like 1992’s profile on China.
In 2008, Bill was Chair of the AACRAO Project Joint Russian Federation/U.S. Commission on the Mutual Understanding of Education and was an Author and Editor of the subsequent update on the Educational System of the Russian Federation. Bill was also instrumental in the creation of AACRAO EDGE. During his Vice-Presidency, Bill laid the groundwork that, under his leadership, evolved into EDGE as we know it today. Bill also helped to support the funding of EDGE via the Paver Family Foundation. Since the inception of EDGE, Bill has authored several profiles and is a continuing editor and research coordinator.
Due to his extensive work in international education and in no small part to his impressive work with EDGE, Bill was awarded the Award for International Excellence in 2008. Bill is a Founder and current Director of the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Established in 1987, the FCSA has set the national standard for international academic certification and serves as a source of continuing leadership in the fi eld of international education.
Bills desire to give back to the Association and to higher education has led him to become a major figure in his field. Bill has consistently shown dedication and service to AACRAO and is greatly deserving of this award and recognition of his peers.