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The New I-House Executive Director


Hans Giesecke began his service as Executive Director of International House at UC-Berkeley in July 2012.  His driving focus has been making I-House students’ residential experience(s) a top highlight of their enrollment experience at Berkeley.

Prior to his arrival at Cal, Hans served as President of Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece where he led an “American-style” international campus with more than 2,300 pupils and students from Kindergarten through MBA.

Hans Giesecke

Before serving in Greece, he was President/CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. in Indianapolis, the President’s Advisor for Student Affairs at International University Bremen in Germany(now Jacobs University), President of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association in Nashville, TN, and Director of Marketing and Research with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) in Sacramento. He earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Education and Human Development.  His M.A. was received from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. from Williams College.

Hans enjoys many opportunities to interact with current I-House residents and the thousands of Cal alumni around the world who recall their I-House residency as one of their fondest, university-related personal memories.


Read article from UC News Center: New International House director to step up cross-cultural training, spread the ‘international bug’