2018 National Leadership Biographies


Vice President, Scholarship and Institutional Strategy

Jeff Reidinger

Jeff Riedinger, PhD

Jeff Riedinger, PhD, is vice provost for global affairs and professor of law at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has leadership and administrative responsibility for the University of Washington’s diverse global programming, including support for international research; study abroad; student and faculty exchanges; and overseas centers. He works with colleagues across the university to develop and sustain strategic partnerships with universities, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to advance cross-college and cross-continent research, teaching, and engagement collaborations that address some of the world’s most pressing problems. Riedinger is a current member of the NAFSA board of directors and is a former chair of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community. Riedinger earned a BA at Dartmouth College, a juris doctor degree at the University of Washington, and an MA and PhD at Princeton University.

Current Professional Position

Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Washington

Board of Directors Member-at-Large

Barry Morris

Barry Morris, PhD

Barry J. Morris, PhD, is chief global strategist and senior international officer at the University of Central Florida. Morris also serves as instructor for the NAFSA/American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Senior International Officer Institute in Washington, D.C., and the AASCU/Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE ) Senior International Officer Institute in Beijing, China. He is the former vice provost for global engagement and strategic initiatives at Kennesaw State University (KSU). During his tenure at KSU, the university won NAFSA’s prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. Morris has served as a founding dean of American University of Nigeria and as a lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. He has management experience in global banking and finance, and consulting experience in international finance, economics, and business. Morris earned an MA and PhD in international relations and international political economy from Emory University. Morris holds a certificate in global strategic management from Harvard Business School and has completed advanced studies in intercultural communication competency at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon, and the Intercultural Development Research Institute in Milan, Italy. In 2016, the Chinese State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs designated Morris as a National Distinguished Expert of the Chinese Recruitment Program of Global Experts (1000 Talent Plan).

Current Professional Position

Chief Global Strategist and Senior International Officer, University of Central Florida

Joël A. Gallegos

Joël A. Gallegos

Joël A. Gallegos is assistant provost for international programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte), where he overseas campuswide internationalization efforts, including education abroad; international students and scholars; English language training; intercultural outreach; and on-campus internationalization. Gallegos previously served as director of education abroad at UNC-Charlotte and as director of study abroad at the University of Toledo. Gallegos, former chair of the NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, California, currently serves on NAFSA’s board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte as chair of the education committee. He was a member of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) board of directors and was chair of CIEE's Academic Consortium Board from 2012 to 2014. From 2007 to 2012, Gallegos served as chair of UNC System's University Council on International Programs and chair of the UNC Exchange Program advisory board. Gallegos was the 2008 recipient of NAFSA's Lilly von Klemperer award.

Current Professional Position

Assistant Provost for International Programs, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

James Dorsett

James Dorsett, PhD

James Dorsett has been the director of the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University since 2015. He previously served as International Students and Scholars Office director at Iowa State University following international education positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and Wayne State University. Dorsett’s NAFSA involvement includes serving as chair of the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services and of Region V, member of the Leadership Development Committee, dean of the Management Basics Workshop, Region V regulatory ombudsperson, Academy Class II mentor, and presenter of more than 25 NAFSA sessions and workshops. Dorsett’s degrees include a PhD in educational leadership from Iowa State University, an MA in Russian history, and a master of education in higher education from Indiana University, as well as a BA in history from Baylor University. Dorsett has lived and worked in Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands.

Current Professional Position

Director of the Office for International Students and Scholars, Michigan State University

Nelson W. Cunningham

Nelson W. Cunningham

Nelson W. Cunningham is president and cofounder of McLarty Associates. Under Cunningham's leadership, McLarty Associates has developed into a firm with global reach and a global team of more than 80 seasoned international specialists in 18 countries. Previously, Cunningham served in the White House as special adviser to President Clinton on western hemisphere affairs and general counsel at the White House Office of Administration. He was general counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and also served as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York. Cunningham is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and past chairman of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. He was a foreign affairs and trade adviser to several presidential and Senate campaigns. Cunningham currently serves on the boards of the American Security Project and the Business Council for International Understanding, and is a member of Yale University's President's Council on International Activities. Cunningham graduated from Yale College and Stanford Law School. He was raised in Latin America and speaks Spanish fluently.

Current Professional Position

President and Co-founder, McLarty Associates

Education Abroad Knowledge Community Chair-Elect

Karen McBride

Karen McBride, EdD

Karen McBride is the director of education abroad and partnerships at the University of Dayton’s (UD) Center for International Programs (CIP). The Office of Education Abroad coordinates short- and long-term programs abroad for students and faculty at the University of Dayton. McBride also manages a variety of partnerships with international institutions to enhance campus internationalization and facilitate cross-cultural opportunities for UD students, faculty, and staff. McBride began at UD in 2014 and brings more than 10 years of experience working in international higher education. Her background includes study abroad experiences in Costa Rica and Scotland, an internship at the National Museum of Ireland, a post-graduate degree from the United Kingdom, doctoral research conducted in Thailand, and a short-term project as a visiting researcher for the Office of Higher Education Commission Bureau for International Cooperation and Strategy in Bangkok, Thailand. McBride is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Antigua, West Indies.

Current Professional Position

Director of Education Abroad and Partnerships, University of Dayton

International Education Leadership Knowledge Community Chair-Elect

Jane Gatewood

Jane Gatewood, PhD

Jane Gatewood is the vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester, leading Rochester’s campuswide international engagement and initiatives. Her administrative experience includes developing complex bi- and multilateral international partnerships for research, academic mobility, and economic development. She has been a Fulbright-Nehru awardee (India) and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the University of London's School of Advanced Study. She holds a BA from Emory University and a PhD from the University of Georgia.

Current Professional Position

Vice Provost for Global Engagement, University of Rochester

International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community Chair-Elect

Dana Brolley

Dana S. Brolley

Dana Brolley is the director of international recruitment at Seattle University and previously worked at the University of Washington and North Seattle College. She is passionate about building community and resources that support international education colleagues during this era of change. She is an active NAFSA member and has worked in international education for 17 years as instructor, recruiter, adviser, and administrator. She has received the Presidential Silver award for her volunteer work with the United States Agency for International Development in Moldova and Zimbabwe; taught English in Hungary; and worked and lived in several other countries. Her academic background is in cultural anthropology and education.

Current Professional Position

Director of International Recruitment, Seattle University

International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community Chair-Elect

Jenifer Ruby

Jenifer Ruby

Jenifer Ruby began working in international education more than 20 years ago teaching in Japan. She has served as Pace University’s director of international students and scholars and the New York School of Interior Design’s international student adviser. Currently, she serves as Rollins College’s director of international student and scholar services. Through increasing levels of volunteer and leadership roles, she has trained new professionals and served as chair of the Florida International Leadership Conference; chair of the Florida Association of International Educators (FAIE); and NAFSA Region VII Florida state representative. She was recently awarded FAIE’s "You Made a World of Difference" Award and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Region III’s Student Advocate of the Year Award.

Current Professional Position

Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Rollins College

Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Chair-Elect

Sora Friedman

Sora Friedman, PhD

Sora Friedman is professor and co-chair of international education at SIT Graduate Institute, where she teaches international education policy, program design, theory, and advocacy to rising international education professionals. Her current research explores women’s leadership in international education. Other areas of focus include exchange program design and administration; public diplomacy; and international policy advocacy. Previously, Friedman was elected to NAFSA's Region XI chair-stream and appointed to national leadership positions including chair of NAFSA’s Training Coordination Subcommittee and the first chair of Trainer Corps. Sora holds a doctorate in cultural studies, a master’s degree in international administration, and a certificate in distance education. She has lived in England and Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish.

Current Professional Position

Professor and Co-Chair of International Education, SIT Graduate Institute

Leadership Development Committee Chair-Elect

Katie Davidson

Katie Davidson, PhD

Katie Davidson is the director of the International Center at the University of North Dakota (UND), overseeing international student and scholar services; education abroad, and campus internationalization. As part of her five-year vision for UND, Davidson and her staff are building relationships with on- and off-campus partners, taking busloads of students to Winnipeg (after accepting their passport applications through the International Center), and working with faculty to create more course equivalencies and short-term programs.

Current Professional Position

Director of the International Center, University of North Dakota