It is with much sadness that the CIEE family says goodbye to one of its long-standing ambassadors, Jack Egle. Jack passed away on Christmas Eve at his home in Paris, France. For 43 years, his dedicated service was instrumental in CIEE’s growth and success from 1951 – 1994. Jack’s commitment to CIEE and intercultural exchange were evident throughout both his career and his life.
Jack Egle’s first introduction to international education began during his college years in Colorado. During the summers of 1946 and 1948, he participated in intercultural programs conducted by The Lisle Fellowship, a unique program that funds small development projects around the world. Thus, began a lifelong association and passion for international education and intercultural exchange.
It wasn’t too long before Jack joined CIEE as the European Director—a position created to bring order to the rapidly expanding European side of the CIEE business (known then as Council). Jack remained the European Director from 1951 until 1979 when he was appointed to Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until his retirement in 1994.
In one of his first initiatives as CEO, Jack identified new directions in policy for the reorganization and redeployment of CIEE services with a renewed interest in the support of government, business, finance, and education. The top priority was expanded use of consortia and the development of distinctive programs and services to meet the needs of U.S. students and their institutions. Jack thought it imperative to facilitate more cooperation among members in the actual operation of the programs. According to him, cooperation and consortia approaches were critical, especially in establishing quality programming in developing regions of the world such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania.
Jack’s passion for his work and commitment to international education and CIEE were apparent throughout his 43-year tenure.
CIEE is greatly saddened by this loss. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the Egle family during this difficult time.
Anyone wishing to express condolences can reach out directly to his wife, Josie Egle, at Jack.firstname.lastname@example.org.