1970s to today
In the 1970s, there was a boom of international students and study at Indiana University. Area studies was growing exponentially and called for more organized efforts at the university, so Gus Liebenow was named the first associate dean for international programs. After Leibenow's tenure, George M. Wilson was named associate dean for international programs and headed the new Office of International Programs. In February 1992, the home of international student activities became known as the Leo R. Dowling International Center. During his 34 years of services, it is said that Leo Dowling entertained every international student in his home at least once. In 1993, Patrick O'Meara was appointed dean for international programs by President Michael McRobbie. O'Meara oversaw international programs at all eight IU campuses and implemented IU's first university-wide international strategic plan. His incredible contributions and scholarship continue even beyond his retirement in 2011. David Zaret continued O'Meara's work and efforts and oversaw the launch of many IU Global Gateway offices around the world.