WEgroup has assembled an exceptional group of international education practitioners who have distinguished themselves through their career achievements, their consulting expertise and their leadership within NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the broader international education community. They are clearly among the “best in the business.”
Each of our consultants has special expertise in particular areas of international education, and every effort will be made to match your institution’s needs with their specialties.
International Audit Consultants
CRM Certified Independent Consultant
After serving as Dean of the Business School at Technologico de Monterrey, as Visiting Professor of Management and Marketing at the Swiss Business School and on the Executive Faculty for Corporate and Professional Education at the University of San Diego over a 20-year period, in 2009 Mr. Benavides resumed his career as a CRM Certified Independent Consultant and an Executive Educator at Emprendor, Inc. A native of Mexico, he is an international business development professional with extensive experience in multi-industry marketing and is an accomplished revenue builder, a skilled communicator and an expert negotiator.
Director, Office for International Students & Scholars, Michigan State University
Mr. Briggs served more than 20 years as a foreign student advisor before assuming the position of Director of International Recruitment at the University of Oregon. Since 2001, he has directed an office that provides comprehensive support services to an international student and scholar community of more than 5,000. Mr. Briggs has received several professional awards and occupied many leadership positions. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of NAFSA and Education Credentials Evaluators, Inc.
Michael A. Brzezinski
Associate Dean of International Programs and Director of the Office of Students & Scholars, Purdue University
Dr. Brzezinski has nearly 25 years of international education and administrative experience, beginning with five years in China as an ESL teacher and program administrator. He now manages a 23-person office that provides recruitment, programming and immigration services to nearly 5,000 international students and 800 international faculty and staff. He has served on numerous NAFSA committees, is a China expert, and consults regularly for other institutions on international student recruitment and admissions.
Senior Vice President for International programs at Upper Iowa University
Dr. Frazier recently moved to Upper Iowa after serving as Dean of International Education and Assistant Professor of International Studies at Campbellsville University. While in Kentucky he held the post of NAFSA’s State Representative, served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and the Private College Consortium for International Studies. In his new position, DeWayne manages all aspects of the university’s international programs, including centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Director of the International Center, University of Michigan
Dr. Greisberger recently assumed the directorship of Michigan’s international center after 20 years of service to Ohio State University, where he directed an office that provided services and programs for 5,500 international students and scholars and coordinated 130 study abroad programs. Prior to his work at OSU, Dr. Greisberger served two years as Deputy Director of the International Office at Harvard University. He began his international career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan. John has occupied leadership positions in NAFSA, where he served as Chair of the Board, AIEA, AIFS and on the TOEFL Policy Council at ETS.
Sudhakar Ratnakar Jamkhandi
Professor of English, Coordinator of the Office of International Initiatives,Bluefield State College
Dr. Jamkhandi is professor of English and Coordinator of the Office of International Initiatives at Bluefield State College. In this role he has led in the development of international studies curricula, study abroad and faculty exchange programs and student recruitment. Also, as President of the non-profit Center for International Understanding, he has led many delegations to the former Soviet republics, hosted groups from those Republics, and designed and implemented customized short-term training programs funded by USAID, the US Department of State, and the Open World Leadership Center for public and private sector international professionals. He was the recipient of the 2002 Cyrus R. Vance Award for International Education in West Virginia.
Salvatore C. Longarino
Director of the Office of International Students, Fordham University
After serving for 20 years in the Office of International Students & Scholars, (the last eight years as its Director) at New York University, Mr. Longarino came to Fordham in 1999. In addition to managing an office that advises 600 non-immigrant students and scholars, he is responsible for Fordham’s government compliance in international affairs and is, in his own words, the “advocate for the international population.” Mr. Longarino has served in various leadership positions in NAFSA and authored a chapter in NAFSA’s International Student Handbook.
Thomas R. Oates
Special Consultant to the President for International Development at Ohio Dominican University
Dr. Oates recently completed eleven years as a college president, first serving Spaulding University before moving to Rocky Mountain College. In the 1980s he was director of U.S. Operations and Academic Programs for the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships at Georgetown University. Dr. Oates recently completed a nine-year term as chairman of the board of directors for the International Student Exchange Program in Washington, D.C. Tom also has served on the boards of two projects seeking to develop academic programs in Jordan and in Palestine and currently directs The Middle East Peace Institute, a consortium of scholars from the U.S., Ireland, Jordan and Israel, funded by the Ford Foundation.
Lee Heywood (Woody) Pelton
Director of The International Center, Winthrop University
Mr. Pelton came to Winthrop in 2006 after 14 years as Special Assistant to the President for International Programs at Saginaw Valley State University. At Winthrop, he is responsible for all international activity on campus and has taken a leadership role in expanding the global competency of the University, its faculty, staff and students. Prior to his higher education career, Woody was an attorney practicing international trade, immigration, antitrust and litigation. He began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and then as an Education Advisor with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees in Malaysia.
Janice M. St. C. Thomas
Director of the International Education Center at Brookdale Community College
A former Fulbrighter, Dr. Thomas has been involved in international education for 20 years. In summer 2007 she moved to Brookdale Community College where she is responsible for study abroad programs as well as international student services. Prior to Brookdale, she served 12 years at the University of New Orleans as Director of UNO’s Office of International Students and Scholars. At UNO she led an office that advised and provided support services to international students, faculty, staff and exchange visitors on academic, cultural and immigration matters. Dr. Thomas has been active in campus internationalization initiatives not only at UNO but also at Moravian College and the University of Alabama where she also held positions. Jan has presented at numerous professional meetings, including 18 NAFSA conferences and workshops and was a contributing author to NAFSA’s International Student Handbook.
Kay A. Thomas
Director, International Student & Scholar Services, Office of International Programs, University of Minnesota
Dr. Thomas has served in international student services at Minnesota for most of her illustrious career and has held her current position for the past 14 years. She has consulted internationally and traveled extensively. Dr. Thomas has given keynote addresses or lectures at conferences in China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Peru and Singapore. For more than 25 years she has taught Cross-Cultural Counseling at the UM College of Education. Dr. Thomas has held many leadership positions within NAFSA, including a year as its National President in 2000-01, and currently chairs its Teaching, Learning & Scholarship Community.
Christopher J. Viers
Associate Vice President for International Services in the Office of the VP for International Affairs at Indiana University
As a senior level central officer administrator Dr. Viers gives leadership and oversight to an operation that provides comprehensive service and support to nearly 5,000 international students and 1,200 international faculty and staff on the eight campuses of Indiana University. Prior to coming to Indiana, he served Wayne State University as Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars. Dr. Viers has held numerous leadership positions within NAFSA and currently serves as Vice President for Education and Professional Development and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. He also serves as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Indiana University where he teaches graduate coursework on international education administration.