Born in Paris, France, and with a Masters degree in anthropology from the University of Texas in Arlington, a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Texas and a doctorate in higher education leadership from San Diego State University, Dr. Migala joined UCSD in February 2013 as the Director of the International House.
Dr. Migala began working in higher education in 1992 at what is now the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center. During his tenure there, Dr. Migala served as the Assistant Director for International Health Related Programs, Director for Rural Health and as the institution’s liaison for US-Mexico border health issues.
Dr. Migala has also worked with the UN World Health Organization in the global polio eradication program along in Nepal (along the Nepali-Indian border), and has served in senior administrative positions in international non-profit organizations specializing in humanitarian aid, international health and development, medical education, and disaster relief. Through these efforts, Dr. Migala has developed, implemented and supported humanitarian aid, development and disaster relief programs in over 20 countries in Central and South America, Africa, South
and Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Migala served as the Program Director for the first global conference on the Social Obligations of Universities in the Health of the Disadvantaged, co-sponsored by the UN World Health Organization and UNESCO and served on the international committee which drafted the UN Charter for the Social Obligations for Colleges and Universities.