Award for Leadership and Collaboration Recipients


The NAFSA International Education Award for Leadership and Collaboration in honor of Cassandra Pyle recognizes the contributions of a senior international educator to global international exchange.

2019 Award Honoree

David Levin has served as a senior program manager in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1999, overseeing selected worldwide Fulbright Scholar Programs. He is also the Fulbright Program alumni liaison. In addition, Levin leads the Bureau’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and is engaged in outreach throughout the United States—particularly to underrepresented colleges and universities, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions. Levin’s diversity work also focuses on individuals with disabilities, and he manages the Bureau’s grant agreement supporting the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange. Prior to his current position, Levin spent 15 years with the U.S. Information Agency, managing and working to expand Fulbright Teacher Exchanges and other scholar exchanges worldwide. Additionally, Levin spent 7 years with the U.S. Department of Education, managing Title VI and Fulbright-Hays grant and fellowship programs. Before joining federal service in 1977, Levin began his career in international education, serving 2 years as special assistant to the director of the International Education Division of the American Council on Education.

Previous Recipients

  • Shelby Lewis, Clark Atlanta University
  • Ally Calhoun Mack, Jackson State University
  • M. Peter McPherson, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
  • Scott Stevens, University of Delaware
  • Mary Sue Coleman, University of Nex Mexico
  • Julia Chang Bloch, U.S.-China Education Trust (USCET)
  • Zuhair A.G. Humadi, Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED), Government of Iraq
  • Caroline Matano Yang, Fulbright Program
  • Ward Chamberlin, American Field Service
  • Christian Bode, German Academic Exchange Service - Read Bode's acceptance speech
  • Humphrey Tonkin, University of Hartford
  • Harriet Fulbright, Fulbright Program
  • Alice Stone Ilchman, Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships
  • Axel Markert, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

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