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Minnie Battle Mayes is President and CEO of International Partnerships and Ventures in Education, LLC (iPAVE), an international education consulting organization dedicated to promoting global engagement in the areas of international partnerships, campus internationalization, study abroad, and an annual educational travel experience for lifelong learners.

Minnie was the founding Director of the Office of International Affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) from 2000-2014.

At NC A&T Minnie established academic exchange and study abroad programs and the Global Studies Certificate Program. She also developed and maintained numerous international partnerships, including the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, the HBCU Brazil Alliance and, the Cooperative Program in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with Henan Polytechnic University in China.

Minnie began her career in international affairs at the United Nations in New York, followed by positions with CARE in Cameroon; and, the American Council for Nationalities Services/Joint Voluntary Agency in the Vietnamese refugee camps of Singapore and Indonesia. From 1979 – 1999 and again from 2015 to present, Minnie serves the U.S. Department of State as an independent contractor for its educational and cultural exchange programs.

Minnie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York (now Binghamton University) and a Masters Degree in International Administration from the School for International Training in Vermont. 

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