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Local 'journeyman' heads for U.K.
Jim Lynch is no stranger to traveling. As a kid, he traveled to different parts of America with his father, who was in the Marine Corps.

He and his father finally settled in Athens, Greece, with Lynch's mother, who is of Greek decedent, when Lynch was 8 years old. He would live there until he graduated high school, and then he was off traveling again for college.

He returned to America, stopping first at Boston University to get a bachelor's degree. Next stop was Columbia University for a master's and then onto Miami University of Ohio for a master's in communications.

After a few years working in the public relations arena and as a journalist, he decided to turn around and head east toward Virginia to enroll at the College of William and Mary for his doctorate.

"I was an education journeyman for a while," said Lynch, director of institutional effectiveness at College of Coastal Georgia.

After years of moving up and down the East Coast, working at different schools as an enrollment administrator, Lynch decided to settle in the Golden Isles with his family.

Now, in his early 50s, this educational journeyman is on the move again - this time, back overseas to the United Kingdom thanks to a Fulbright International Education Administrators Award he received. It will allow him to participate in a three-week program for international educational exchange.

While there, Lynch, who's only experience with the U.K. was a flight pitstop, will travel to 11 different universities to network with professors and administrators in the hopes of establishing long-term cooperative relationships for the further development of study abroad and student exchange programs for College of Coastal Georgia students.

"Learning more about higher education in the U.K. will provide me with new perspectives on how we as a campus can work together to promote a diverse and global education for all students," said Lynch, a St. Simons Island resident. "I look forward to serving as a resource liaison to the College of Coastal Georgia community."

Saturday is the first day of the program.

After working through a 29-page itinerary book, Lynch hopes he'll be able to come back to the college campus, use some of his marketing skills and turn some of the student body of the college into educational journeymen like himself.

"I would hope to bring back the benefits and opportunity that a study abroad exchange program can provide a student in today's global society," said Lynch.

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