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Launched in the US in 2008, INTO works in joint venture partnership with nine US universities and has recruitment partnerships with an additional 10 institutions. Our innovative model and global reach has transformed campuses and changed perceptions of internationalization across the American higher education sector.

Meet our North American partner development team


Tim O'Brien

Senior Vice President

With a career in international education spanning almost 30 years, Tim's work has encompassed most aspects of international education. Based in Washington DC for the past three years, he is currently responsible for helping to shape and expand INTO’s partner university network across North America.

Prior to his current assignment, Tim spent eight years with INTO supporting the expansion of INTO's UK network. His work has included responsibility for INTO's market insight, external relations, and working as managing director for UK operations.

Before joining INTO, Tim worked in a variety of senior international roles in UK universities with responsibility for recruitment, alumni, student exchange, internationalization and establishing presence across many of the key markets in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Tim and his teams collected three HEIST (the UK's leading marketing awards for higher education) Gold awards for excellence in international marketing during his tenure in the UK university sector. 

Tim represented the university sector as a member of the international board of the UCAS, the UK's national university admissions service.  He also served as a board member of the Northern Consortium of Universities in the United Kingdom. He has consulted for the British Council, DAAD – the German international education organization and continues to speak regularly at external fora and conferences.

He blogs at http://blog.intoglobal.com/author/tim-obrien/

Tim is a graduate of International Relations and Political Science from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.


Frank Merendino

Director, Business Development and Partnerships, North America

Frank serves as a member of the Business Development and Partnerships team for North America, working closely with prospective partners and international education organizations.

Before joining INTO in 2017, Frank spent the past decade working in international education across universities, a non-profit professional association, and organizations that focus on public-private partnerships. Frank got his start in the field as an international student advisor at Miami University (OH) before moving to international student recruitment and partnerships at the University of Cincinnati. There he developed 2+2 programs and established a SE Asia recruitment office in Vietnam. Following that, Frank went on to work in partnership development for  NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Shorelight Education and Quad Learning.

Education: MA Higher Education Administration, The University of Akron


John Rolfes

Vice President Global Operations, Direct Entry

John leads operations for our enhanced Direct Entry offering, overseeing the implementation of all our internal and external operational processes and ensuring their optimal efficiency.  John freely collaborates with key stakeholders and University partners to ensure an excellent student experience.

John has worked in Higher Education for the past 20 years and has supported Universities and students from around the world.  John held numerous strategic and operational roles at Laureate Education where he managed University partner relationships, successfully led numerous product launches, and implemented many operational improvements to provide a better student experience.

John holds an MBA from University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, College Park, Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Economics from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. John is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). 

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