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



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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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.


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Nicole Chavez Nicole Chavez is the Manager of the Office for Services for Language Learners within Orange County Department of Education which supports twenty-seven school districts, 500,000 students and approximately 40,000 educators and staff. While also managing the OCDE Project GLAD® National Training Center and partner locations in the states of New Mexico and Washington with their implementation of Guided Language Acquisition Design development. Nicole enjoys utilizing applied research-based practices and culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies in multicultural and multilingual educational communities across the nation and internationally to further her lifelong dream of equitable, rigorous language enhancement in all classrooms. She earned her Liberal Studies degree and Multiple Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University and her Educational Leadership Masters and Administrative Credential from California State University Fullerton.

Alan Clipperton Alan Clipperton serves as the Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at LeTourneau University (LETU) in Longview, TX. In this role, Clipperton heads all international activities including student recruitment, immigration, program development, retention, study abroad, institutional partnerships, and global service learning. Clipperton holds a graduate degree from Minnesota State University and undergraduate degrees from Dunwoody College of Technology and Toccoa Falls College. Additionally, Clipperton enjoys teaching cross-cultural communication & international marketing at LETU and operated his own English language testing company that held offices in four different states and experimented with social entrepreneurship by starting a construction/remodeling company that provided jobs and training for displaced oil field workers.

Brian Creswick Brian Creswick is the COO at Chartis Federal, an IT and Engineering services company he has helped grow from a small start-up to a nationwide firm with over 100 staff across North America. He earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and his Bachelor of Science from James Madison University.

Alan Cromlish Alan Cromlish is an Assistant Professor of Education in the new College of International Education at Namseoul University, in Seoul, South Korea. He focuses on developing master’s level education programs that create, develop and support global education leaders and that value access and equity, global perspective and a practical and research guided approach to teaching and learning. Alan’s academic and research interests include, well-being and hope theory. Alan has a BS in Psychology from the Georgia College and State University and a Masters of Education from the University of Missouri.


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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.


Aerial Ellis Aerial Ellis is a Professor at Lipscomb University where she teaches courses in public relations, organizational communication/leadership and cross-cultural communication. She owns Advisory 83, a communication consultancy advising senior leaders in the areas of diversity/inclusion, cultural competence, talent/organizational development and strategic planning. She is also author of the book, The Original Millennial: Lessons in Leadership for the Millennial Generation. A Memphis native, Aerial is a graduate of Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication. She holds an executive leadership certification in diversity/inclusion from UCLA/National Organization of Workforce Diversity, and is a fellow of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.


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Sean Ferguson Sean Ferguson is the Associate Dean of Masters Programs & Director of MBA Programs at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He earned his MBA from Rice University and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


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Christopher Garnier Christopher Garnier is a former US Marine Corps Commissioned Officer and combat helicopter pilot. He is now the CEO of Cgarn Athletics, Inc., in Poway, California. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii – Manoa.

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.

Ajaya Ghimire Ajaya Ghimire is the Founder of Ace Group of Schools in Nepal and is the Chairperson of the Board at Ace Institute of Management, Ace Higher Secondary School, Ace School, Ace International Business School, and Ace Education Ventures. He is also the Founder and CEO of Avant Ventures, a private equity management firm, and a co-founder and Chairperson of the Board of Niti Foundation, a non-profit engaged in strengthening policy processes in Nepal. A recipient of Fulbright Scholarship, Ajaya received a Master’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Panjab University.

Yuan Gong Yuan Gong is the Senior Client Partner, Global Industrial & Financial Markets/HR Practice/China Enterprises at Korn Ferry International in Shanghai, China. Joyce has over twenty years of experience in human resources consulting in China. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai University. In addition, she is an ICF (International Coach Federation) certified coach.

Rebecca Good Rebecca Good is the Founding Dean at the Connecticut Campus of Relay Graduate School of Education. She received her Master of Arts from Teacher’s College at Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of California Berkeley.


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Edwin Harris Edwin Harris is the President at Agape Foundation and a Program Coordinator at Southfield Public Schools in Pontiac, Michigan. He received his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and his Bachelor of Science in Biological Studies from the University of California at Davis.

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.

Wei Li Wei Li is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Simpson University in Redding, California. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wales and her Bachelor of Medicine from China Medical University.

Le Lin Le Lin is the General Manager/Founder at TASA Education Consulting Co., Ltd., in Beijing, China.  She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Human Resource Management from the University of New South Wales. 

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.

Seid Mohammed Seid Mohammed is the Ethiopia Country Director at Imagine1Day. He earned his Master of Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management from Ambo University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Jimma University. 


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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.


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Leigh Sata Leigh Sata is the Senior Director of Capital Projects for the Sonoma County Junior College District.  He manages the District’s capital improvement program and has successfully managed more than $1B of capital improvement programs for various San Francisco Bay Area Universities, Colleges and K-12 Districts.  His volunteer work includes Board leadership for the French American International School in San Francisco.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in San Francisco.

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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Andrea Thomas Andrea Thomas is the Director of Community Engagement in the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the State University of New York – Farmingdale State College. She earned her Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from CUNY Queens College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from SUNY Purchase College.

Arthur Tulak Arthur Tulak is a Research Faculty member at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He earned his Master of Science in Military Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, a Master of Science in Policy Studies from Missouri State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Arthur retired from the U.S. Army with rank of Colonel, and currently resides in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.


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Kadhambari Viswanathan Kadhambari Viswanathan is the Assistant Vice President of VIT University, India. She received her Bachelors in Biotechnology from VIT University and Masters from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She was recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the "Youngest Biographer in India" in 2003. 

Nikhil Vyas Nikhil Vyas is the Co-founder, Executive Director at the USC Center for Global Supply Chain Management, Acadamic Director for Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Science & Operations and Program Director at USC Marshall Master’s in Global Supply Chain Management. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Business Management from California Polytechnic University and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from California Poly Pomona.


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He Wang He Wang is the Principal at Shenzhen Vanke Meisha Academy International in Shenzhen, China. She earned both a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Chinese Language and Literature from North East Normal University of China.

John Wilkerson John Wilkerson is Director of International Admissions at Indiana University. He previously held the same position at the University of Missouri, and served as Director of Admissions for Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. Wilkerson completed undergraduate studies in Psychology and Sociology at Columbia College, earned a masters of education in Psychological Counseling from Stephens College, and is pursuing doctoral studies in global education policy from the University of Southern California. He has previously held leadership positions with NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, and currently serves in leadership with the Council of International Schools and as Vice President for Admission and Enrollment Practices with the International Association for College Admission Counseling.


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Yuanmeng Xu Yuanmeng Xu is the Assistant Director of China Initiatives at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She works with many top Chinese universities to promote cooperation and exchange programs between the U.S. and China. Aliyah earned an MBA in Finance at William Paterson University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts in English at Beijing Institute of Technology.


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Mary Crystal Yingling Mary Crystal Yingling ia an adjunct Professor at Seattle University and a consultant for Equity, Inclusion, and Leadership in Seattle, Washington. Previously, Crystal was the Producer of Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program, an initiative she designed to increase equity in theatre. Before completing her Master of Fine Arts from Seattle University, Crystal served as a US Army Officer working with NGOs in North Africa, Asia, and Afghanistan on arts and cultural programming. She also earned a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College.


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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.