Class Profile

Current Class Profile

We target each cohort for this program to be about 18 students drawn from countries around the world. In recent years, students have come from the United States, UAE, Qatar, Afghanistan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guam, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Student Body

Students come from a broad range of education contexts such as primary, secondary, and tertiary education; government service such as ministries of education, public and private education, multi-lateral organizations, philanthropic foundations; and corporations engaged in education.


The Global Executive EdD program is designed for established senior leaders in all aspects of education, although experienced leaders from other sectors seeking to transition into the field of education may also be suitable candidates for the program. Participants will be selected on the basis of academic strength, demonstrated leadership experience, and the potential for continued growth as an educational leader.

Qualified candidates will have at least 10 or more years of senior leadership experience in organizations such as:

  • Ministries of education
  • Universities
  • Schools or school systems
  • Education-related multilateral or non-governmental organizations
  • Education-related corporations

All classes will be taught in English. Students will work with a small, select group of peers who are focused on becoming change agents devoted to improving individual and national educational outcomes.

While this program is not suitable for every educator, if you are a change agent and want to be a leader in developing your country’s and region’s economic and social outcomes, this program is for you. If you are hardworking, dedicated to advancing education, interested in close collaboration with your peers throughout Asia and around the world, and leading a network of emerging and senior leaders in education, this program is for you.

Student Demographic Snapshot

U.S. Dom.:  22 (60%)
U.S. Expat: 3 (8%)
International: 12 (32%)

Female: 20 (54%)
Male: 17 (46%)

Higher Ed: 13 (35%)
K12: 15 (41%)
Other: 9 (24%)

Countries: Afghanistan (2), Brazil (1), Ethiopia (1), Guam (1), Indonesia (1), Kenya (1), Kuwait (1), Peoples Republic of China (4), Qatar (2), Sudan (1), Taiwan (1), The Philippines (1), United Arab Emirates (1), United States (19)

Degrees: Master of Arts (History, Strategic Studies, English Literature, Education, TESOL, Organizational Leadership, Intercultural Studies, Political Science, Philosophy & Education, K-12 Educational Administration), Master of Education (Counseling Psychology, Organizational Leadership), Master of Science (Leadership, Education, Logistics Management, Child Development, Preventative Cardiology, & Counseling), Executive Master of Leadership, Executive Master of Public Administration, Master in Management, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Laws, Master of Public Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Management, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Philosophy (Public Administration & International Development), & Doctor of Medicine

Positions: Executive Director, Director, Associate Director, Co-Director, Owner, Founder, Operator, Co-Founder, Program Officer, Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principle, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, EVP-COO, CEO, President, Head of Special Projects, Consultant, Scholarship Division Manager, Director of Planning & Quality Directorate, Director of Research & Planning, Entrepreneur, Educator, Senior Curriculum Specialist, Teacher Trainer, Chief Education Officer, Provost Fellow, State Office Teacher, Chancellor

Student Profiles



Anja Abney Anja Abney is the Co-Director of Residence Life and Immigration Advising at Ross College in East Hampton, NY. Anja earned a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages at Louisiana College. Anja is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French and conversational in Arabic.

Faisal Al Ali Faisal Al Ali is Scholarship Division Manager at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the United Arab Emirates. His position focuses on Human Resource Management, budget planning, and control, and the Emiratization Program. Faisal earned a Master of Business Administration from Al Hosn University in Abu Dhabi and a Bachelor of Business from Al Ghurair University in Dubai.

Sana Al Buainain Sana Al-Buainain is the founder and owner of The Journey for Coaching in Qatar, a consulting firm focusing on building partnerships with special international programs and local institutions. Prior to this position she worked for the Qatar Foundation as the Manager for Alumni Affairs at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Sana earned a Master of Business Administration at Hull University Business School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Richmond University in London. She also completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Qatar Leadership Centre.

Turki Al-Mahmoud Turki Abdulla Al-Mahmoud is the Director of Planning and Quality Directorate at the Supreme Education and reports directly to the Minister of Education and is in charge of the new strategy of the SEC with all of its projects and initiatives. Turki earned a Master of Education Leadership at Qatar University, a Master of Business Administration at the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at Qatar University.

Azizullah Amir Azizullah Amir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiology at Kabul Medical University in Afghanistan. He is also President of the Afghanistan Private Hospital Association and he recently inaugurated the Moraa Educational Complex, a private university for women only, together with a school and nursery for their children. Housed in a cluster of lime-colored buildings, the university offers courses including medicine, nursing and midwifery. Azizullah earned a Doctor of Medicine at Kabul Medical University, a Diploma in Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Master’s degree in Preventive Cardiology at Imperial College in London.

Catherine Atwell Catherine Atwell is the Head of Special Projects and a History and Social Sciences Instructor at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. She previously served as the school’s History and Social Science Department Head and 11th Grade Dean. Prior to joining Marlborough School, Catherine was Executive Director at Commercial Real Estate Women in Los Angeles and West Coast Attorney Recruitment Manager at Holland & Knight LLP. Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in History from Stanford University.


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Alison Badgett Alison Badgett is the Director of Research and Strategic Development at Raise Your Hands Texas in Austin, a non-profit education advocacy organization that advances public education by leading research-driven public policy advocacy and investing in best-in-class programs for Texas public schools.Prior to this position, she was [an] Executive Director of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing. Alison earned a Master of Art in Philosophy and Education at Columbia University and Bachelor of Science in Politics at Princeton University.

Christopher Bankston Christopher Bankston is an entrepreneur and educator in Cupertino, California. He recently completed the Master of Arts in Teaching — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages(MAT-TESOL) degree at the University of Southern California. Previously, Christopher was an international media executive, having founded studios in Beverly Hills, California; Munich, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. Christopher earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration at San Jose State University with a minor in China Area Studies.

Tadios Belay Tadios Belay is the Executive Director of African Civil Rights Center, Inc., a non-profit community-based agency that promotes access to education, affordable housing, and mental health and legal services to African immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Ethiopian Community and Cultural Center in Oakland, California and as a Research Assistant at Oregon State University and the National Science Foundation. Tadios earned his Bachelor of Arts in Law from the Hwassa University School of Law in Ethiopia and his Master of Laws from the University of San Francisco. In addition, Tadios holds a Certificate in Executive Education from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Nancy Bjorklund-Gass Nancy Bjorklund is the Associate Director for Comprehensive Internationalization and Director for Fiscal and Personnel Services for the University of Montana’s Global Engagement Office. She specializes in strategic partnership development, advancing the university’s internationalization efforts, and strategic planning and leadership development. Nancy teaches at UM in both the Department of Political Science and the School of Education, teaching courses in Strategic Planning, Human Resource Management, and International Leadership. Additionally, Nancy serves as the Montana State Chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hamline University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana.

Geeta Bidasha Brown Geeta Bidasha Brown is President and CEO of InterCoast Colleges, which encompasses 12 branch campuses and online programs. Geeta earned an Executive Master of Leadership at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Sacramento.

Angie Broeckel Angie Broeckel is now the Deputy Principal of Jian Ping High School, International Division in Shanghai, China. In this position, she will supervise teachers, evaluate teacher performance, conduct teacher training, develop a service – learning program for the school, and give workshops on servant leadership. Prior to this role, Angie worked in various international schools in Hong Kong, Norway, Switzerland, Thailand, Georgia and in Japan as a teacher and Coordinator of Service-Learning and Experiential Education Learning. She earned her Master of Education degree at the University of Oregon and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Communication at Linfield College in Oregon.


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Estella YM Chen Estella Y.M. Chen Estella is the founder of MandarinX, a MOOC-based language program, and a full-time lecturer at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Estella earned a Master of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Arts in Applied English at Ming Chuan University.

Jennifer Chidsey Jennifer Chidsey is the President and Chief Academic Officer at Ross Institute in New York City. Jennifer earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Education at Northwestern University.


Brittany Barker Brittany Debity-Barker is the Director of Student Leadership at Tennessee’s Department of Education. She is also the owner of Higher Education Resource and Leadership Development (HERALD), a consulting firm which provides institutions with services that range from staffing support and efficiency review to compliance audits and leadership development. Brittany is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Rhetoric, and was awarded her Master of Science in Leadership from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Kona Facia Freeman Nepay Kona-Facia Freeman-Nepay is the Operator and Executive Director of Baltimore International Academy, Inc. Prior to this position, she was Principal of Robert Goddard French Immersion School. Kona earned a Master of Education in French and a Bachelor of Science in Language Sciences at the Université de Franche-Compté BesanÇon in France and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Public Administration at the University of Liberia.

Eric Fung Eric Fung is Director of Chung Hing Engineers Group in Hong Kong, a data center and IT infrastructure company. Eric earned his Master in Management at Macquarie University in Australia and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.


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Crissy Gayagas Crissy Gayagas is the owner of Gayagas Enterprises, LLC, in Hawaii, which provides global consulting services and she serves on boards for the Queens Health Systems, Oahu Economic Development, and Chaminade University. Previously, Crissy was with the Hawaiian Native Corporation, President of Dawson Enterprises, and was co-founder and President of First Canoe Strategies and Consulting, Inc. She sold her first company in 2014. Crissy deployed twice to Iraq and retired from the U.S. Army. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Frank Gettridge Frank Gettridge is a Program Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he develops strategies and promotes opportunities to address local, national, and international issues related to education. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Frank served as Principle of Clara Barton Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois and as an Adjunct Professor at Kennedy King College. Frank is a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. He also earned a Master of Science in Child Development, with a Specialization in Administration, from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois.


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Kai-Li Hwang Kai-Li Hwang is the Dean of Lower School at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, California. Previously she was a fifth grade teacher at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia and the Subject Head of Student Development, English Coordinator for Upper Elementary English, and Level Head for Grade 5 at Singapore International School in Hong Kong. Kai-Li earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and her teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Jamie Lee Jamie Lee currently works as High School Assistant Principal at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California. Prior to joining Escondido’s high school district, she served as an Assistant Principal and Program Specialist for the Hemet Unified School District. Before moving to the golden coast and after teaching at World Language High School in Chicago’s La Villita neighborhood, she became Specialized Services Administrator to fifteen specialty schools within Chicago Public Schools. Academically, Jamie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, a Master of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Wheaton College, and a Master of Education in Education and Organizational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Li Liu Li Liu is the Head of Xi-an Hi-Tech International School’s International Department and the Leader of the Preparatory Group of Xi-an High-Tech International School. Previously, she served as Director of the School of General Affairs, Chairman of the Trade Union, and Deputy Principal at Xi-an High-Tech. Li earned an Undergraduate Certificate in Musicology from Shaanxi Normal University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwest University in Xi’an, China.


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Nefertiti Makeda Nefertiti Makeda is the Founding Head and Owner of Andinet International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Previously, she served as General Manager of Andinet PLC in Addis Ababa and Manager of the Ida B. Wells Journalism Program in Nashville, Tennessee. Nefertiti earned a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee State University and a Master of Education from Endicott College. In addition, she completed the Columbia University Teachers College Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership Heads of School Program.

Michael McAlister Michael McAlister is the Principal of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, California. Previously he served as an Associate Principal at Las Lomas High School, also in Walnut Creek, and Miramonte High School, in Orinda. He also served as Leadership Coordinator, Department Chair, Technology Mentor and Water Polo Coach at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California. His time spent as a Zen monk led to the publication of his book, Awake in This Life. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership for California State University, East Bay.

Troy Mcvey Troy McVey is the Provost Fellow at the University of Guam. Troy earned a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design at Tulane University and a Bachelor of ine Arts at Drake University in Iowa. He also earned a Management Development Program Certificate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.


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Wilson Peters Wilson Peters is a state office teacher at the Department of Education in Hawaii where he coordinates the curriculum for the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, a program that allows children in schools throughout Hawaii to connect with mariners circumnavigating the globe in Polynesian voyaging canoes. Wilson earned an Executive Master in Public Administration at Columbia University, a Master of Arts in Pacific Island Studies at the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Hawaii.

William Pierros William Pierros is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL, where he teaches International Relations, Comparative Politics and other internationally oriented government and politics courses. His research interests include international education policy, human rights, and ethnic and religious conflict. In the past, William has taught in public and private schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, served in school administration, and trained, managed and led adults in nonprofit/ministry organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

Charles Prince Charles Prince is Executive Director for the Centre of Student Success at the University of East London. He previously served as a Site Manager for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., and as a Lecturer in the Howard University School of Communications. Charles’ first book, entitled, Setting a New Agenda for Student Engagement and Retention at Historically Black Colleges and Universities is expected to be published in 2016. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Composite Social Studies from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a Master of Educational Leadership and Human Development in International Education from George Washington University. In addition, Charles was an Andrew Mellon Foundation Engaged Diversity Fellow at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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Raymundo Reyes Raymundo Reyes is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Phinma Education Network in The Philippines, where he is responsible for the academic quality, enrollment, financial health, and growth of the University of Pangasinan, the University of Iloilo, Araullo University, and Cagayan de Oro College. He previously served as Executive Vice President at Cagayan De Oro College-Phinma and as Vice President of Operations at AMA Education System. Raymundo earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

Paulo Rodrigues Paulo Rodrigues is Director of the University of Southern California Brazil Office, in São Paulo, and is responsible for representing USC’s interests in Brazil. Before joining USC, Paulo worked for Rosetta Stone, the U.S. Department of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil, and the U.S. State Department. Paulo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business.


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Timothy Smith Timothy Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Learning Matters Educational Group, which works with Arizona and California charter schools, serving 1,200 students from Pre-K to 12th grade. He also founded and serves as Executive Director of Taylion High Desert Academy, Calibre Academies, and E-Institute Charter High Schools. In addition, he founded Carden Virtual Academy of California. Timothy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Korean Language and Asian Studies from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird Global School of Management.


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John Wilkerson John Wilkerson is Director of the Office of International Admissions at Indiana University. He previously served as Director of International Admissions at the University of Missouri and Director of Admissions at Columbia College in Missouri. John earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, with majors in Psychology and Sociology, and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Stephens College.

Nigel Winnard Nigel Winnard is the founding Principal at Khartoum International Community School in Sudan. Prior to this position, he was Director of Studies at St. Paul’s School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nigel earned a Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration at Michigan State University, an Advanced Diploma in Education Management at the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and European Literature at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.


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Yongfei Zhao Yongfei Zhao is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beijing Goldway International Education Consulting Company. Previously, he was the General Manager of the New Channel International Education Consultancy in Beijing. Yongfei earned his Bachelor of Arts from Xi’an International Studies University, a Master of Public Administration and Economic Development from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.