The International and Postdoctoral Services Office or IPSO, as most people call it, was founded in the summer of 2000. The scope of the office was determined by then Vice President for Research, Dr. Matt Kluger. It was his desire to have an office that provided services for all international employees in need of immigration services and all postdoctoral fellows at the Medical College of Georgia. LD Newman, current Assistant Vice President of International Initiatives, was selected from the MCG legal staff to head the new office.
In 2013, at the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Regents University, the international student and exchange visitor program office joined with IPSO.
The mission of the office has remained very much the same for the last 20 years. IPSO acts as a compliance and service unit, which makes it possible for AU to hire and retain foreign national faculty, to host foreign national research visitors, and to enroll AU foreign national students. IPSO staff also consult on and approve all postdoc hires.
IPSO is now part of the Instruction and Innovation unit under Vice Provost for Instruction Dr. Zach Kelehear, who is now also serving as Interim Provost.