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Global reach - global impact

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INTO University Partnerships is an independent organization focused on expanding higher education opportunities for students worldwide.  Key to our mission is to help universities create a rich and globally diverse campus environment for teaching and learning, and to extend the global reach and impact of the university’s research and engagement.

Why we do what we do add

We believe in the power of education to change lives. We also believe that universities can achieve ambitious goals when supported by private sector resource. INTO serves as the critical bridge between students seeking higher education opportunities and universities who seek to internationalize their teaching, research and engagement around the world. Through the power of partnerships, we are able to achieve ambitious goals that neither party could ever accomplish alone.

Our mission add

Through innovative partnerships with leading universities, we expand opportunities for higher education, ensuring success and transforming the lives of our students and staff.

The challenge add

Prospective international students lack sufficient information about, and access to, leading universities in English-speaking countries – especially those who are prepared to serve them well and help them realize their education aspirations.

Likewise, most universities lack the resources both to reach these students across more than 190 countries around the world and to serve the special needs of a substantial influx of international students to fully integrate them into the academic and social life of the university.

The role of INTO add

INTO University Partnerships helps its network of partner universities to

  • Extend their reach across every region of the world;
  • Create new or more effective administrative and academic support services for international students;
  • Add new faculty lines in high demand academic programs;
  • Build physical capacity in classrooms, offices, and residence halls to support significant enrollment growth;
  • Develop new programs to integrate international students more effectively into the academic community; and
  • Leverage the presence of greater numbers of international students for the benefit of domestic students, the community, the region, and the world.

The INTO story add

A pioneer in the field of international student preparation for study in English-speaking universities, INTO University Partnerships’ innovative joint venture model emerged from a collaboration in 2005 between then-Vice Chancellor Sir David Eastwood of the University of East Anglia and INTO’s co-founder Andrew Colin. Sir David’s ambitious plans for internationalization depended on first developing a globally diverse student body, but he recognized that a significant increase in international students was beyond the university’s ability to accomplish alone. By the same token, he was unwilling to outsource such a critical university goal, so deeply rooted in academic programs, to a commercial entity over which the university had no direct control.

Ultimately, Sir David and Andrew Colin set about designing a partnership in which the university could access private sector investment while retaining critical control over the university’s brand and its academic programs.

The result was the world’s first public-private partnership in higher education predicated on a joint venture model of shared mission, shared investment, shared risk, shared governance, and shared reward.

Global reach - global impact

INTO University Partnerships is an independent organization focused on expanding higher education opportunities for students worldwide.  Key to our mission is to help universities create a rich and globally diverse campus environment for teaching and learning, and to extend the global reach and impact of the university’s research and engagement.

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Our people and organisation add

INTO people are exceptional, multicultural, international and talented, with many decades of higher education and private sector experience. More than 1,800 INTO colleagues communicate in 20 or more languages, sharing a common purpose to build the world’s finest higher education public-private partnering organization.

Key to our diversity is the convergence of executives and advisors from leading academic and private sector organizations around the world. In short, we are our own public-private partnership.

Those organizations include: the University of Exeter, Yale University, University of Birmingham, Columbia University, University of East Anglia, University of Kansas, California State University system, University of Sheffield, the British Council, AT&T, MGM Studios, The Washington Post, Gartner Group, Pfizer, KPMG, Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells.

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Andrew Colin

Founder & Owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Andrew Colin is the founder/owner of INTO University Partnerships. He provides the leadership and vision which has helped INTO to develop partnerships with leading universities across three continents.

Andrew combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for education and international student mobility. 

Back in 1981, while studying law at the London School of Economics, Andrew launched his first company - providing Apple-sponsored computer courses for schoolchildren.  

In 1990, he founded and directed Study Group, which, under his leadership, became a major force in international pre-university education with centres established throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2005, Andrew founded INTO University Partnerships, with the aim of transforming the international student experience and helping leading internationally-focused universities to expand access and improve student mobility.

Since its establishment, INTO has delivered world-class educational experiences to international students through joint venture partnerships with leading universities across the UK, the US and China.

In May 2013, Andrew received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida in recognition of his contribution to international education.

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John Latham

Executive Chairman

John leads the strategic development of INTO and has a key focus on innovation and growth.

He has 17 years of Board level experience in universities, colleges and private education businesses as well as experience across the domestic, international, state-funded, for-profit and private equity sectors. 

John spent five years in management roles at the University of Manchester, eight years at the University of Liverpool (where he was their first COO), three years as CEO & principal of Cornwall College, five years as vice president, International Business Development at Laureate and the past two years as president and CEO of the University of Law.

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John Sykes

Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

John has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has a strong background in corporate finance.

As one of INTO’s founding directors, John has been a lynch-pin in the development of every Joint Venture.

After graduating from Brighton University, John joined leading accounting firm KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained significant experience in the corporate finance arena. John then joined a corporate finance practice in Sussex where he led many small- and medium-sized investments in London and the South East, eventually becoming a partner.

From 1995 to 2003, John was Finance Director of Study Group, where he formed a strong working relationship with founder Andrew Colin and played an instrumental role in growing the business, overseeing its acquisition by The Daily Mail Group in 1999, and helping to expand operations into Australia, the USA and Canada.

In 2006 John and Andrew established INTO University Partnerships. John has been a Director and Board Member of the company since inception. In 2012, John led a private placement process culminating in an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66 million in the group for a 25 per cent stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector.

John focuses on driving business development and supporting operational leadership in order to guide the strategic direction of the company. He attributes INTO’s extraordinary growth trajectory and reputation for academic excellence to robust management, ongoing and substantial investment in learning centres, and a superior global sales and marketing infrastructure.

When he is not travelling to meet new partner institutions or visit INTO’s operations around the world, John lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex, with his wife Denise and three children Michael, George and Olivia.

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Steven Smale

Co-Founder & Chief Market Initiatives Officer

Steven is one of INTO’s founding directors and leads all student recruitment activity for the group.

Fluent in Chinese, Steven is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the management of large, distributed student recruitment networks. Under his leadership, INTO currently attracts more than 12,000 students per year from all over the world to our partners. 

As director of the Global Recruitment Unit, Steven oversees the activities of over 130 staff operating out of 31 regional offices in 17 countries – ensuring that students and their advisors receive outstanding service supported by customer-focused processes, all enabled by the latest technology.

His time as an international student in Taiwan in 1990 and his long experience of living and working in China gives him an unparalleled perspective of the support needed by young people studying far from home, as well as a deep awareness of the value of studying overseas – all of which, he says, are vital to him in his role today.

Steven has built his career in counselling international students and developing the systems, processes and management structures which enable institutions to recruit at scale and to deliver services and experiences which international students, their families and their representatives expect.

After university where he studied Chinese and German, Steven worked for the Anglo-Taiwan Education Centre in Taibei. There he honed his Chinese language skills and helped to establish a body to promote education in the UK that resulted in a transformation in the number of students travelling from Taiwan from 38 to 2,500 per year.

Since then he has held senior management roles within the British Council and with Study Group as their Regional Director for China before founding INTO with John Sykes and Andrew Colin.

Fundamental to his success, he says, has been a focus on being, “available on the spot on a day to day basis – as this is vital in order to develop a deep understanding of the market and establish strong relationships.”

His ambition? “Ultimately I want INTO and our partners to become completely synonymous with the world’s best student experience. I want us to become the benchmark by which others working in the recruitment and support of international students measure their performance.”

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Anmar Kawash

Group Chief Operating Officer

Anmar brings more than 20 years of financial and operational experience to INTO, having worked in the UK and the US for Fortune 500 and medium-sized companies across the investment banking and telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

He is an experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) with a proven operational track record of working across different cultures, countries and business models; a background in investment banking; and strong business development credentials.

Anmar;s most recent role was as founder, owner and Managing Director at Global Media Advisory - an executive advisory firm in the media, digital, telecom and technology space. During that period, he was board advisor and acting COO of a start-up technology company Byyd Tech (previously Adfonic), which operates in the fast-growing sector of mobile programmatic advertising.

Anmar also acted as strategic advisor at Wasserman Media Group, and chairman at DRG. Previous senior roles were as COO at STV Group plc and FBC Media and MD at Channel 4. He also held director roles at UBS and Verizon.

Anmar’s areas of specialism and experience are in operational turnaround and in managing growth in fast-growing sectors. Anmar holds an MBA from the American University, Washington DC and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, Boston MA.

Anmar is married with three children, holds both British and American citizenship and is fluent in Arabic. His hobbies are golf and swimming.

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Jon Holmes

Chief Financial Officer

Jon has over 20 years' experience of leading strategic change, delivering operational excellence and building high performing teams.

Jon's most recent role was as Finance and Strategy Director at Virgin Holidays, where he led teams of up to 200. During his ten years with Virgin, Jon helped the company achieve record profits, supported the opening of over 100 new retail stores and facilitated the replacement of all major systems.

Prior to this, he worked as head of finance at TUI Travel, and from 1998 to 2004 was employed in a variety of roles at Avios, British Airways Plc, culminating in head of finance.

After gaining a First Class degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham, Jon trained with PWC and KPMG qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2012.

Jon's strong international experience, particularly of the US market, will be very useful to him at INTO. "I really enjoy working in an entrepreneurial environment, and am happy to be working with everyone here to help INTO grow and flourish in such an exciting, fast-moving market," he says. 

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Betsabeh Solente

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Betsabeh’s role is focused on global strategic marketing, innovation and brand enhancement. She brings to INTO over 30 years of global marketing, innovation and commercial leadership and operational experience.

Throughout her career, Betsabeh has led transformational roles working across multiple sectors including Food, Pharmaceuticals, Skincare and Office Products, and for global brands such as Kellogg’s, Danone and Johnson & Johnson. Before joining INTO, Betsabeh was Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer at Godiva Chocolatier, where she was responsible for revitalising the brand, expanding and innovating in new categories, digital transformation and building talent capability across the globe.

Betsabeh holds Bachelor of Commerce degree (with a major in Marketing) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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Cindy Tan

Chief Recruitment Officer

As Chief Recruitment Officer, Cindy’s role is focused on the leadership of all our student recruitment activities and operations as well as our UK university student admissions function.

Cindy brings to INTO a wealth of commercial and leadership expertise and an entrepreneurial and global mindset with a passion for higher education.

Prior to joining INTO in 2020, her professional background has been in digital and print media, and travel working for well know organisations such as Travel Trade Gazette Asia (TTG Asia), BBC Worldwide and Tripadvisor. At Tripadvisor as the Global Vice President for across Asia Pacific and as the global head of the Tripadvisor retail business, she led that from idea to start-up achieving significant revenue and subscription growth. 

Cindy runs a not-for-profit young leaders’ event, where she brings in senior industry leaders to mentor people at an earlier stage of their career. She also has first-hand experience of the benefits of international study and distance learning, having studied in Singapore for both her Mass Communications undergraduate degree (from Monash) and her MBA (from the University of California). 

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Lorraine Slattery

Chief People Officer

Lorraine works with the HR team to ensure that we continue to put our people at the heart of everything we do as we grow and develop. She is also responsible for leading the INTO Giving team.

She joined INTO from Kuoni Global Travel Services, where she was senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Throughout her career, Lorraine has led on a variety of major change management, talent development and human resources information projects.

Lorraine holds an MA in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from Newnham College, Cambridge and is a highly skilled global HR and communications leader with extensive global experience, having lived in Europe and the United States and worked extensively across Asia and the Middle East. 

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Andy Fawcett

Chief Technology Officer

Andy is responsible for INTO’s technology and information systems

He joined INTO from global education and publishing company Pearson where he was for five years responsible for the provision of technical solutions to deliver digital education products.

Prior to this, he was global chief information officer for Hays - a recruitment business with operations in over 30 countries. During his five years there, he set up a new digital channel for recruitment agents and introduced systems to enable the rapid expansion of their international operations. He also spent 10 years as a management consultant with the consulting company Accenture.

Andy’s educational background includes a Chemical Physics degree from the University of Bristol in the UK, an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in the United States and a selection of professional qualifications from the INSEAD business school in Paris. 

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Amy McGowan

Senior Vice President, New Partnerships North America

Amy was instrumental in the development of INTO’s first US partnership, INTO Oregon State University, serving as its first employee and later its center director.

Her career in international education began with teaching English as a Second Language in the US and Japan. Previously, she worked 10 years with Embassy CES, part of Study Group, serving as academic director, center director and west coast manager.

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Bridget White

Senior Vice President, UK Operations and Partnerships

Bridget has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector, and a strong background in management, leadership, international student services and welfare & international admissions.

Bridget has worked with INTO since 2005, during which time she has overseen the initial set up and implementation of the UK INTO centres, as well as the establishment of the Admissions and Application Processing functions in Brighton and San Diego.

Bridget has also acted as start-up director in the majority of INTO’s joint ventures and established the Student Services operation for INTO China. In addition, she has been heavily involved in setting up our immigration compliance function.  

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Jeffrey Leeds

Leeds Equity Partners

Jeffrey is President and Co-Founder of Leeds Equity and has over 20 years of experience investing in private equity transactions in the Knowledge Industries.

Prior to co-founding Leeds Equity, Jeffrey spent seven years specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at Lazard Frères & Co.  Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Leeds served as a law clerk to the Hon.  William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Mr. Leeds also worked in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York after graduating from law school.

 Jeffrey currently serves as a director of BARBRI, Evanta Ventures and INTO University Partnerships.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities and Real Page (NASDAQ: RP).  He has previously served as a director of Argosy University, Datamark, Miller Heiman, Ross University and Seaton, among others.  Jeffrey was the founding chairman of the Green Dot New York Charter School and serves on the board of the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Education and National Security.

 Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. degree in History and attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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Chris Mairs

Managing Director, Leeds Equity Partners

Chris has over 13 years of private equity and investment banking experience.  Prior to joining Leeds Equity in 2008, Chris worked in both London and New York for Greenhill & Co. as an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

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Professor Sir David Eastwood

Director

Professor Sir David Eastwood became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in April 2009.

Former posts include Chief Executive at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Vice-Chancellor at the University of East Anglia, and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board. His early career was spent at the University of Oxford, where he was Fellow and Senior Tutor of Pembroke College. He later held a Chair in Modern History and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University.


He is currently Chair of the Russell Group of Universities, Universitas 21, and also Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). He is also a Board Member of Universities UK (UUK), a member of the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute, and a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. He also serves as an international member of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.

In January 2012 he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of West Midlands, and was awarded a Knighthood in 2014 for services to education. 

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Andrew Colin

Founder & Owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Andrew Colin is the founder/owner of INTO University Partnerships. He provides the leadership and vision which has helped INTO to develop partnerships with leading universities across three continents.

Andrew combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for education and international student mobility. 

Back in 1981, while studying law at the London School of Economics, Andrew launched his first company - providing Apple-sponsored computer courses for schoolchildren.  

In 1990, he founded and directed Study Group, which, under his leadership, became a major force in international pre-university education with centres established throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2005, Andrew founded INTO University Partnerships, with the aim of transforming the international student experience and helping leading internationally-focused universities to expand access and improve student mobility.

Since its establishment, INTO has delivered world-class educational experiences to international students through joint venture partnerships with leading universities across the UK, the US and China.

In May 2013, Andrew received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida in recognition of his contribution to international education.

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John Latham

Executive Chairman

John leads the strategic development of INTO and has a key focus on innovation and growth.

He has 17 years of Board level experience in universities, colleges and private education businesses as well as experience across the domestic, international, state-funded, for-profit and private equity sectors. 

John spent five years in management roles at the University of Manchester, eight years at the University of Liverpool (where he was their first COO), three years as CEO & principal of Cornwall College, five years as vice president, International Business Development at Laureate and the past two years as president and CEO of the University of Law.

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John Sykes

Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

John has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has a strong background in corporate finance.

As one of INTO’s founding directors, John has been a lynch-pin in the development of every Joint Venture.

After graduating from Brighton University, John joined leading accounting firm KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained significant experience in the corporate finance arena. John then joined a corporate finance practice in Sussex where he led many small- and medium-sized investments in London and the South East, eventually becoming a partner.

From 1995 to 2003, John was Finance Director of Study Group, where he formed a strong working relationship with founder Andrew Colin and played an instrumental role in growing the business, overseeing its acquisition by The Daily Mail Group in 1999, and helping to expand operations into Australia, the USA and Canada.

In 2006 John and Andrew established INTO University Partnerships. John has been a Director and Board Member of the company since inception. In 2012, John led a private placement process culminating in an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66 million in the group for a 25 per cent stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector.

John focuses on driving business development and supporting operational leadership in order to guide the strategic direction of the company. He attributes INTO’s extraordinary growth trajectory and reputation for academic excellence to robust management, ongoing and substantial investment in learning centres, and a superior global sales and marketing infrastructure.

When he is not travelling to meet new partner institutions or visit INTO’s operations around the world, John lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex, with his wife Denise and three children Michael, George and Olivia.

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Steven Smale

Co-Founder & Chief Market Initiatives Officer

Steven is one of INTO’s founding directors and leads all student recruitment activity for the group.

Fluent in Chinese, Steven is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the management of large, distributed student recruitment networks. Under his leadership, INTO currently attracts more than 12,000 students per year from all over the world to our partners. 

As director of the Global Recruitment Unit, Steven oversees the activities of over 130 staff operating out of 31 regional offices in 17 countries – ensuring that students and their advisors receive outstanding service supported by customer-focused processes, all enabled by the latest technology.

His time as an international student in Taiwan in 1990 and his long experience of living and working in China gives him an unparalleled perspective of the support needed by young people studying far from home, as well as a deep awareness of the value of studying overseas – all of which, he says, are vital to him in his role today.

Steven has built his career in counselling international students and developing the systems, processes and management structures which enable institutions to recruit at scale and to deliver services and experiences which international students, their families and their representatives expect.

After university where he studied Chinese and German, Steven worked for the Anglo-Taiwan Education Centre in Taibei. There he honed his Chinese language skills and helped to establish a body to promote education in the UK that resulted in a transformation in the number of students travelling from Taiwan from 38 to 2,500 per year.

Since then he has held senior management roles within the British Council and with Study Group as their Regional Director for China before founding INTO with John Sykes and Andrew Colin.

Fundamental to his success, he says, has been a focus on being, “available on the spot on a day to day basis – as this is vital in order to develop a deep understanding of the market and establish strong relationships.”

His ambition? “Ultimately I want INTO and our partners to become completely synonymous with the world’s best student experience. I want us to become the benchmark by which others working in the recruitment and support of international students measure their performance.”

 

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Benno Schmidt PhD.

Benno Schmidt is among the world’s leading educational innovators. Dr. Schmidt is currently Chairman of the board of trustees of the City University of New York, the largest urban public university in the world with some 500,000 students, Chairman and co-founder of Leeds Global Partners, an education services and advisory firm delivering sustainable policy and programmatic solutions to improve organizational effectiveness and raise student achievement and Chairman of Avenues: The World School, a network of international high schools supported by a common vision.

He also chairs the board of the non-profit Council for Aid to Education, a group that helps colleges and universities with accountability and academic planning. He has served as president of Yale University, dean of Columbia University Law School and CEO and chairman of Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), a pioneer in the nation’s charter school movement. 

During his presidency at Yale, from 1986 to 1992, Dr. Schmidt was known for his outspoken defense of freedom of expression and liberal education.  During his tenure, Yale’s endowment grew from $1.7 billion to nearly $3 billion, the highest rate of growth among the major endowed private universities in the United States.  Dr. Schmidt presided over one of the largest building programs in Yale’s history; he fashioned a model partnership between the university and the city of New Haven; and he helped build a number of new interdisciplinary programs, especially in environmental sciences and policy and in international studies.  Dr. Schmidt oversaw Yale College and 11 graduate and professional schools, with approximately 2,000 faculty members; 7,000 staff members; some 11,000 students; and operating and capital budgets of approximately $900 million.

Prior to Yale, Dr. Schmidt was Dean of Columbia University Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1969 and became, four years later, one of the youngest tenured professors in Columbia’s history. Named Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law in 1982, he is one of the country's leading scholars of the Constitution, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of freedom of expression, and the history of race relations in America. Dr. Schmidt is also a founder and former chairman of EdisonLearning. At one time the largest manager of public schools in the United States, the Edison design was based on extensive research into best practices for developing high-quality, student-centered classrooms.

Dr. Schmidt received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University.  He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Schmidt was awarded the 2010 Philip Merrill Award for outstanding contributions to higher education by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

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Barry Munitz PhD.

Barry Munitz is one of the leading academic leaders in the United States. He is currently Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus, while serving as Chairman of the state-wide P-16 Council in California.

Barry Munitz is currently Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus, while serving as Chairman of the state-wide P-16 Council in California.  He served formally as Chancellor of the California State University system, President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Chancellor of the University of Houston – he now heads the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Advisory Committee, and chairs the Sierra Nevada College Board of Trustees. 

Dr. Munitz also currently is a member of the three Eli and Edye Broad Family Foundation Boards (education, health and art), is a corporate director at Sallie Mae and chairs the Finance and Investment Committee for the Cotsen Family Foundation Board.  He was Chairman of the American Council of Education Board, served as Vice Chair of the Congressional Cost Commission, and chaired the California Education Roundtable.  Dr. Munitz gained experience in the business world when he left the University of Houston in 1982 to become a senior executive at MAXXAM, Inc.  He remained active in a leadership position at the company, and served on its board of directors, until he joined the California State University in 1991 – the largest senior system of higher education in the United States.  He has recently completed terms as a Trustee of Princeton University, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Courtauld Institute. 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Munitz received a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College before going on to earn a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont University, the California State University, Rollins College, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame and the University of Edinburgh.

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Gene Budig PhD.

Gene Budig was president/chancellor of three major state universities, President of Major League Baseball’s American League and a Major General in the Air National Guard.

He has also taught at Princeton University, is widely published in academic publications and writes a monthly newspaper column that reaches more than five million readers.  Since his retirement from university leadership, Dr. Budig has involved himself in projects that are personally meaningful to him.

In 1994 Dr. Budig was nominated for the presidency of Major League Baseball's American League, and came into office shortly after the cancellation of the World Series, a time when public confidence in baseball was at an all-time low.  Dr. Budig was also active in the Air National Guard where he earned the rank of Major General before retiring from duty in 1992.

At 24, Dr. Budig became chief of staff for the governor of Nebraska and was later selected by the chancellor of the University of Nebraska to be his chief of staff, enabling Dr. Budig to teach and to write scholarly articles.  Later, Dr. Budig transitioned into appointments as president of Illinois State University and then president of West Virginia University.  At WVU, Dr. Budig had the opportunity to work with Senator Robert C. Byrd, Senator Jennings Randolph, and Governor John D. Rockefeller.  In 1981, Dr. Budig returned to Kansas as chancellor of the University of Kansas.

Dr. Budig is from McCook, Nebraska and attended McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska to receive a B.A. in English, an M.A. in political science, and a Ph.D. in finance.

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Jacquie Serr

Executive Director, New Partners

In 2012, with a background in corporate and NGO marketing, and university admissions and recruitment, Jacquie Serr joined INTO as the Director of the newly created Application Processing Center (APC). After helping to establish the APC, Jacquie moved to central operations helping to launch INTO Drew University and INTO George Mason University. In 2014 Jacquie moved to the INTO headquarters in Brighton, UK to serve as the Operations Director for Governments, Institutional Links and Sponsors where she oversaw government and sponsor projects, working with all US and UK joint ventures and partner universities. Jacquie traversed back to the US in 2017 as the Executive Director, New Partners. In this role Jacquie serves at the Interim Executive Director, on campus, for our newest university partners, helping to establish and launch the partnership, which she has done for INTO Suffolk University, INTO Illinois State University and INTO Hofstra University. Jacquie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master’s in Victorian Literature from University of Glasgow.

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Bob Gilmour

Executive Director, INTO Oregon State University

Bob Gilmour is the Executive Director of INTO Oregon State University. In this role, Bob provides leadership for the INTO OSU center with 700 students and 80+ staff and faculty.

Bob has over 26 years' experience of working with international students in UK and US universities as an instructor, faculty member, program manager and director. He has been in the at OSU since 2010 following 18 years at Newcastle University in the UK. He has also lived and worked in France, Poland and Ecuador.

He has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including multimedia online learning environments and international student engagement.

Since 2015, Bob has traveled worldwide working with educational counsellors, sponsors, schools and parents as well as meeting students who are hoping to study at OSU!

In his spare time, Bob rides his road bike around the Oregon countryside, sings and plays guitar in a band and competes in a wide variety of games against his two boys.

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David Hofmann

Executive Director, INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham

David Hofmann joined INTO UAB as Executive Director August 2016 prior to the program's first cohort of students. Since then, INTO UAB has brought almost 700 students to UAB. In this role, David overseas INTO UAB center operations; international marketing, recruitment and enrollment for all center programs and direct entry; student experience; providing quality Academic English programs; and collaborations with the university.

David has over 20 years of experience in Higher Education, most recently spending 12 years with The Art Institute system of schools. Within this organization he served as Director of Housing, Dean of Student Affairs, Regional Vice President-Student Affairs, and Campus Director of The Art Institute of St. Louis.  Prior to that he worked for Boston University and Texas Christian University.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree from Texas Christian University.

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Fabiola Ehlers–Zavala

Executive Director, INTO Colorado State University

Dr. Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala, associate professor in English (TESOL), is currently the Executive Director of Colorado State University’s English Language Center, INTO CSU.

She earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature together with her teaching certificate from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in 1992. She then pursued graduate education in the U.S., and she earned both her M.A. (1994) in English and Ph.D. in English Studies (1999) from Illinois State University.

She has a long career in ESL and bilingual teacher preparation, and her scholarly work addresses teacher preparation, L2 reading and writing among a number of other areas including work in the area of public-private partnerships and pathway programs.

She is Past President of Illinois TESOL/Bilingual Education, Past Chair TESOL International Bilingual Education Interest Section and Past Chair of TESOL International’s Nominating Committee and currently serves in the Research Professional Council of TESOL International. She is also currently the Secretary of the Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and represents AAAL in the international committee of AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or International Association of Applied Linguistics).

She serves in a number of other international / national professional editorial boards.  In the fulfillment of her professional duties, she has visited over 20 countries.

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Kathleen Sparaco

Executive Director, INTO Suffolk University

Dr. Kathy Sparaco is the Executive Director of INTO Suffolk University. As INTO Suffolk’s first Executive Director, Dr. Sparaco is responsible for delivering success to the JV partners and stakeholders. She joined Suffolk in 2012 as the Director of the International Office after completing her EdD.

Over the past 7 years, she has played a key role contributing to Suffolk University’s internationalization efforts. Prior to her current role, Dr. Sparaco was the Assistant Provost overseeing the Division of Student Success. She is a seasoned administrator, but her professional origins began in front of the classroom with teaching ESL in Japan. Teaching ESL abroad and in the U.S. was a professionally formative experience that  provided the infrastructure for her future goals. Throughout her career she has worked on behalf of international students and professionals in community colleges, public research, and private institutions. She  brings a clear understanding of the skill set needed to design and implement innovative and relevant processes to meet critical campus resources in realizing internationalization goals.

Dr. Sparaco holds an M.Ed.in Education from San Francisco State University and an EdD from Drexel University where she pursued a degree in Higher Education Leadership and Management. She has a practical and practiced approach to her work but is informed by research. Her dissertation focused on the phenomenon of internationalization in higher education and, specifically, the professional lives of practitioners who work with international students. Her research considered (1) what encompassed the lived experience of international student advisors, (2) what emergent concerns might be important in the experiences of international student advisors, and (3) in what way have the personal constructs of professionalism and professional identity for international student advisors been developed? Understanding how practitioners in the field of international education found an authentic sense of professional self was a hugely rewarding study. Kathy is currently conducting research with Suffolk faculty on faculty and staff best practices with international students.

Kathy lives in Scituate, Massachusetts with her husband, son, two cats and two dogs. She enjoys the outdoors, yoga and is passionate about scratch cooking.

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Sharon Sundue

Executive Director, INTO Drew University and Vice President Academic Operations, INTO North America

Sharon Sundue received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, and was appointed as a professor in the History Department at Drew University in 2002.

Her scholarship focuses on the history of education, child labor and human trafficking, and she is the author ofIndustrious in Their Stations: Young People at Work in Early America 1720-1810.She served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Drew from 2012-2014, overseeing first year student experience, faculty professional development and curriculum.Sharonwas appointed ExecutiveDirector for INTO Drewin 2014; as Executive Director, Sharon has been privileged to oversee dramatic growth in the university's international student population, which now ranks 15thin the United States among liberal artsuniversities.

In 2018, Sharon began serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs for INTO North America in addition to her responsibilities as Executive Director for INTO Drew. In this role, she is responsible for academic program development for new INTO partners. She also takes lead on new academic initiatives, working with Academic Directorsacross all partners to assist in program development that will drive student enrollment and promote international student success.

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Sean Gilmore

Executive Director, INTO University of South Florida

Sean Gilmore is currently the Executive Director for INTO USF. This role serves as the chief executive of the joint venture and is responsible for all operations and administrative functions, including fiscal oversight, student experience, and academic operations.

As part of the initial center startup team in 2010, Sean has led teams in operations, admissions & evaluation, student services & support as well as overall operation of the center. In 2014, he assisted with the startup of INTO Mason at George Mason University as interim Executive Director.

Sean has been with USF for over 20 years and brings experience in academic advising, policy management, student success & retention, and overall enrollment management to the center. With a background in Information Technology, his style is to break things down into simpler steps in order to understand an issue and find new solutions.

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Todd Rose

Executive Director, INTO George Mason University

Dr. Todd Rose currently serves as the Executive Director of INTO Mason, a position he has held since January 2015. INTO Mason is a joint venture between George Mason University and INTO University Partners (UK) and provides English language, academic, and cultural support to students from around the world, primarily in the first year of their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Before this role, he was the Assoc. Dean in University Life and head the Higher Education concentration in the MAIS program at Mason from 2010-2015.

Dr. Rose has spent almost 30 years in higher education, working at four very different institutions. In addition to his time at Mason, he was a Vice President at Millsaps College (MS), Asst. Dean of Students at Emory University (GA), and in a variety of positions at Baldwin-Wallace University (OH).

Before his career in higher education, Dr. Rose was a commercial lending officer at a large, regional bank in Nashville, TN working with companies in the service industry sector with annual sales of $10 million to $100 million. He earned a BBA in Finance (minor:Economics) from Southern Methodist University (TX), an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University (OH), and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Research (with an emphasis in Higher Education) from The University of Southern Mississippi (MS).

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Tim Hercules

Executive Director, INTO Saint Louis University

Mr. Hercules serves as the founding Executive Director for INTO Saint Louis University and joined the organization in 2015. In his role, Tim is the chief administer of the joint venture striving to drive results for Saint Louis University and INTO University Partnerships. Tim enjoys engaging with global partners, students and families to share more about the teaching, research, health care and service opportunities at Saint Louis University.

Prior to joining INTO SLU, Tim served within the enrolment management division at Saint Louis University.  Tim began his higher education career in Student Financial Services and then became SLU’s Director of International Services and Student Educational Services. Before joining SLU, Tim worked for one of the top corporate travel companies managing all aspects of incentive and business meeting travel needs for Fortune 500  companies. A true Billiken at heart, Tim earned his undergraduate degree, Master of International Business, and J.D. at SLU. During his undergraduate studies at SLU he studied abroad at the SLU-Madrid campus.

A native Saint Louisan, Tim enjoys sharing his knowledge and local tips with students and visitors. From all the free activities St. Louis has to the best local restaurants – he is a true local insider. At the same time, Tim’s international experience has given him a global perspective and appreciation for international travel, culture and education.

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Steve Richman

Executive Director, INTO Hofstra University

Mr. Richman was the Dean of International Recruitment and an Adjunct Professor of Law for Hofstra University. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of the admissions process for undergraduate and graduate programs within the division of Enrollment Management. This includes strategic planning, budgeting, staff management, knowledge of university policy, immigration law and analysis of historic market data and metrics.

In addition to internal efforts, Mr. Richman has utilized external vendors and partners to support the goals of internationalization at Hofstra. His efforts have resulted in several partnerships, agreements, and ongoing relationships across the globe. He has been an active member of various professional organizations throughout his career in higher education: first, as a member and leader within AALS (the American Association of Law Schools); as a member of NAFSA, and the EducationUSA community.  He is a regular speaker and panel member for numerous conferences, and he looks forward to continuing these professional relationships on behalf of the new INTO Hofstra center. Prior to Hofstra, he worked for a Long Island law firm and focused on real estate and international/domestic business transactions . Mr. Richman holds a BA from Hofstra University, a JD from Hofstra Law School, and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College.

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Paul Thomas

VP, Partnerships

As VP Partnerships since 2018, Paul manages a number of INTO’s US partnerships including those with Colorado State University, Drew University, George Mason University, and Saint Louis University.

Paul brings to INTO a wealth of management experience, a global mindset, and a passion for higher education. His areas of expertise include strategic planning and implementation, internationalization and global partnerships, online program management, and partner relationship management.

Previously, Paul was with Walden University, the flagship online institution in the Laureate Education network. As a member of Walden’s executive committee, he served in leadership roles including VP for International Initiatives and VP of Walden’s College of Management and Technology.

Prior to joining Laureate, Mr. Thomas held senior management positions in the educational media and publishing field. As a Senior Vice President at Discovery Communications – home of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and other media brands – he developed Discovery’s grade K-12 school offerings from launch to industry leadership over a period of ten years.

Mr. Thomas earned his BA in History from Yale University and his MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. 

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Amy McGowan

Senior Vice President, New Partnerships North America

Amy was instrumental in the development of INTO’s first US partnership, INTO Oregon State University, serving as its first employee and later its center director.

Her career in international education began with teaching English as a Second Language in the US and Japan. Previously, she worked 10 years with Embassy CES, part of Study Group, serving as academic director, center director and west coast manager.

INTO people are exceptional, multicultural, international and talented, with many decades of higher education and private sector experience. More than 1,800 INTO colleagues communicate in 20 or more languages, sharing a common purpose to build the world’s finest higher education public-private partnering organization.

Key to our diversity is the convergence of executives and advisors from leading academic and private sector organizations around the world. In short, we are our own public-private partnership.

Those organizations include: the University of Exeter, Yale University, University of Birmingham, Columbia University, University of East Anglia, University of Kansas, California State University system, University of Sheffield, the British Council, AT&T, MGM Studios, The Washington Post, Gartner Group, Pfizer, KPMG, Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells.

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