Life Membership Recipients


Life Membership is awarded each year to senior NAFSA members to recognize their achievements in advancing the goals of the association and of international education and exchange.

2017 Recipients

Marlene M. Johnson

Marlene Johnson served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education for 18 years. Under Marlene’s leadership, NAFSA became a leading advocate of international education, actively advancing public and policy debates that impact the field.

Marlene’s leadership in government, business, and the nonprofit sector spans more than three decades. Prior to joining NAFSA, from 1983 to 1991, she served as lieutenant governor of Minnesota. Strengthening and expanding the state’s connections with the rest of the world – in trade, tourism, education, and the arts – was a hallmark of her time in office.

Currently, Marlene serves as chair of the board for the Kakenya Center for Excellence and sits on the board of the Washington Office on Latin America – WOLA Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas.

Judy Judd-Price

Judy's professional responsibilities included teaching in public schools in WV and KY, directing ELS Language Centers at Eckerd College and University of Redlands, working at ELS executive offices in Culver City, CA and in Princeton, NJ, and she served on the NAFSA staff from 2004-2016. She retired from NAFSA as Deputy Executive Director, Leadership and Professional Development Services in 2016.

Judy was an active NAFSA member of Region VII Team as Florida state representative and in the chair stream for 3 years. As a member of the NAFSA Regional Affairs Committee member, she developed and delivered a training program for Regional Treasurers. She also served on the NAFSA Conference local arrangements team in Miami and in NAFSA Trainer Corps.

Judy completed a 3-year term on the TESOL task force to develop what is now CEA accreditation for IEPs and as a CEA commissioner until being elected as Chair of ATESL. She was VP for Advocacy for AAIEP and editor of the newsletter (now EnglishUSA). Judy Judd-Price served on the NAFSA staff from 2004-2016. She retired as Deputy Executive Director, Professional Learning and Leadership in 2016.

She continues to volunteer with NAFSA where she completed the inventory and shipping of materials to the NAFSA archives at the University of Arkansas. Currently, she resides in Washington DC and is active in ACLU's People Power, her local Indivisible group, and in Hands-Off DC.

Michael B. Smithee, EdD

Michael B. Smithee, EdD, retired from Syracuse University in 2005 after thirty years of engagement in international education as associate director for the Slutzker Center for International Services and adjunct faculty. He has served in many capacities for NAFSA, notably on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Education and Training Committee. He is a recipient of the NAFSA Homer Higbee and the Region X Distinguished Service Awards. His writing includes chapters and journal articles for a variety of publications as well as being the lead author of the NAFSA publication, U.S. Classroom Culture. In retirement he continues to be an active international educator by consulting, writing, researching, presenting at conferences, serving as mentor, and editing a journal.

Previous Recipients

  • Mary Anne Grant
  • William E. Nolting
  • John Pearson
  • Deborah L. Pierce, Ph.D.
  • Peter Briggs
  • Norman J. Peterson, Ph.D.
  • Joy Stevenson, Ph.D.
  • June Noronha
  • Elizabeth Soppelsa
  • John Greisberger, University of Michigan
  • Bob Locke
  • Connie Perdreau
  • Ellen Badger
  • Everett Egginton
  • Anders Uhrskov
  • Bob Ericksen, UCLA
  • Jon V.C. Booth, Syracuse University
  • Kay A. Thomas, Ph.D, University of Minnesota
  • Bill Barnhart, University of Utah
  • Janet Constantinides, University of Wyoming
  • Martha Wailes
  • Patricia Jones
  • Dr. James E. Frey
  • Suzanne Marlay, University College at Arkansas State University
  • Valerie Woolston, University of Maryland
  • Dixon Johnson, University of Southern California
  • Margaret D. Pusch, Society for Intercultural Education
  • Martin Limbird, Ball State University
  • Stirling Huntley, Pasadena, CA
  • Sanford C. Jameson, Bethesda, MD
  • Robert B. Kaplan, Port Angeles, WA
  • Robert Klinger, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Nancy J. Kopka, Grosse Point, MI
  • Diana Lopez, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Linda Heaney, Linden Educational Services
  • Harvey Stein, University of Chicago
  • Nancy Stubbs, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Caroline Aldrich-Langen, Chico, CA
  • William H. Alloway, University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Gary Althen, University of Iowa
  • Marvin Baron, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Ralph P. Barrett, Elta
  • Brian A. Bates, Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.
  • Alex Bedrosian, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • August G. Benson, Lisle, IL
  • Stan Berry, Pullman, WA
  • Hazel Boltwood, Southfiled, MI
  • Alice Bonzi Lawler, Beavercreek, OR
  • M. Archer Brown, NAFSA
  • D'Ann Burke, University of Houston
  • Jack D. Burke, University of Houston
  • Thomas Carey, University of St. Thomas
  • Richard D. Downie, Newberry, FL
  • Marvin Durham, Philomath, OR
  • Kathleen M. Ellinghaus, University of Colorado
  • Charles W. Gay, U.S.C.
  • Kath-Ann Gerhardt, University of California-Davis
  • Johanne M. Glass, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Jean S. Griswold, Colorado State University
  • G. James Haas, Edwardsville, IL
  • David Horner, Michigan State University
  • David Larson, Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University
  • Jerry Wilcox, University of Texas at Austin
  • J. Russell Lindquist, California State University-Long Beach
  • James F. Lynch Jr., Pennsylvania State University
  • E. Nell Magee, Nashville, TN
  • Alan M. Margolis, Consultant in Higher Education
  • Harriet Marsh, Tucson, AZ
  • Mary Cay Martin, University of Chicago
  • Josef A. Mestenhauser, University of Minnesota
  • Forrest G. Moore, Roseville, MN
  • June C. Naughton, University of Hawaii-Manoa
  • Joe W. Neal, Austin, TX
  • Donald Nelson, Miami University-Oxford
  • Ruth H. Purkaple, Denver, CO
  • Richard Reiff, University of Georgia
  • Tom Roberts, Butler University
  • Kenneth Rogers, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Mary Rogerson, Columbia, SC
  • Inez Sepmeyer, Los Angeles, CA
  • Clara Simerville, Oregon State University
  • Cliff Sjogren, Cadillac, MI
  • Mickey Slind, IFSA- Butler University
  • William H. Smart, Oregon State University
  • Eugene H. Smith, Bozeman, MT
  • Paula Spier, Brewster, MA
  • Joann B. Stedman, Stedman Associates
  • Jennifer Stephens, Essex, MA
  • Leo J. Sweeney, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Gail Szenes, New York University
  • Lee Thompson, Boulder, CO
  • Mary A. Thompson, New York, NY
  • Mary Tinkham, Harvard University
  • Joyce Valdes, Houston, TX
  • J. Paul Ward, Albany, NY
  • Henry D. Weaver, Goshen, IN
  • David B. Williams, Asheville, NC
  • Joseph F. Williams, SUNY-Buffalo
  • Geoffrey R. Wood, University of Pittsburgh
  • A. Lee Zeigler, San Francisco, CA
  • Eugene R. Chamberlain, Hingham, MA
  • Phyllis Cotten, Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Garland H. Davies, Westerly, RI
  • James M. Davis, San Diego, CA
  • Jean Delaney, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Edward Devlin, AACRAO

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