Director of International Programs
Ms. Blum was born and raised in Warszawa, Poland, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In 1989, she moved to Chicago, Illinois, and lived there for almost three decades before moving to Aberdeen, SD. Ms. Blum holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and spent most of her career running international businesses with an emphasis on team development, client relations, sales, and training. While studying in university, she spent a year as an exchange student in Aberdeen, Scotland, at Robert Gordon University. Thus far, she has traveled to forty countries, thirty U.S. states, and looks forward to going somewhere new every year.
During her first year at NSU, Ms. Blum tripled study abroad participation by developing and initiating a comprehensive study abroad recruitment and marketing plan. At the 2019 Region IV NAFSA Conference, the NSU Office of International Programs received four out of five awards, including Ms. Blum's Outstanding New Professional Award. In 2019, she was appointed Director of International Programs, where she is avid about her work and the students she serves while she continues to inspire a vibrant campus culture of international learning, .
In her personal life, her passion for people and travel continues. Ms. Blum has led several trips to Guatemala to build schools using trash and plastic bottles as eco-bricks for impoverished communities lacking in educational facilities. In 2020, she co-authored her first inspirational book and became an international best-selling author. Ms. Blum is married to her husband John, who is an Aberdeen native. She loves to laugh, read, travel, learn about different cultures, and eat ice cream. She believes self-growth and personal development are musts.