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.

2019 Honorees

Lawrence Bell, at the time of his retirement, served as assistant vice chancellor for global strategic initiatives at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bell spent the last 32 years of his career as the lead international officer at the universities where he worked and was responsible for international student and scholar services, education abroad, and campus internationalization. Bell developed his interest in international activities while serving in the military in Vietnam. After leaving the army, he studied Vietnamese language and linguistics and that started him on his international journey. After teaching in and managing ESL programs, Bell moved into international education administration. Bell has been a member and held leadership positions in several organizations including TESOL, AIEA, and NAFSA. Bell has been a member of NAFSA for 40 years and has served as a member of the Board of Directors and vice president for Public Policy and Practice.

Scott E. King, at the time of his retirement, served as director of international students at Johns Hopkins University. His 40-year career in international education has taken him to schools in Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia. He has served NAFSA in a variety of leadership roles, including chair of the former Community Section, chair of Region VIII, Regional Council coordinator, coeditor of NAFSA’s first Statement of Professional Competencies, national ethics representative, and co-chair of the New Century Circle. King also is a founding member of the Rainbow SIG and was its first coordinator. Outside of NAFSA, King has been the recipient of two International Education Administrator Fulbright awards and is an antiracism trainer for the Episcopal Church. King has a strong professional interest in developing positive and supportive campus environments for the international community through cross-cultural training for university staff.

DeDe Long, at the time of her retirement, served as the director of study abroad and international exchange at the University of Arkansas, a position she held since 1994. As a long-time international educator, she attended her first regional NAFSA meeting in San Antonio in 1981. Her extensive service to the association includes holding titles of Arkansas state coordinator; local arrangements chair; Trainer Corps member; SECUSSA representative for Region III; member of the Council on Public Affairs; vice chair of the Education Abroad Regulatory Practice committee; vice president for Public Policy and Practice; member of the NAFSA Board of Directors; chair of the Annual Conference Committee; and member of the search committee for the CEO and executive director. While Long will retire from her university position in July 2019, she has recently been elected vice president of the Fulbright Association Board of Directors and hopes to stay active promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange.

Jennifer A. Lund retired in July 2018 from her position as associate dean for international education and member of the education faculty at Agnes Scott College. She earned a PhD in counselor education with a specialization in cross-cultural counseling from the University of Florida and has worked in international education and cross-cultural communications for over 40 years with experience in large state universities, a statewide university system office, and an innovative liberal arts college for women. She has chaired state and regional NAFSA groups and has served on a variety of national task forces and working groups. Lund received two Fulbright awards for international education administrators and after each award, served for 3 years on Fulbright review panels. She served a three-year term as the liberal arts college representative to the National Review Panel for the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Gilman International Scholarship Program and chaired NAFSA's Professional Pathways Task Force, which resulted in the NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies.

Linda Tobash retired in October 2019 from World Education Services (WES) as senior director of policy, knowledge, and data. Tobash has been actively engaged in NAFSA for many years, first as a charter member on the Education and Training Committee and Trainer Corps and then as session selection chair for two annual conferences. Serving on both Bologna Task Forces I and II, she worked to identify and address U.S. issues arising from European higher education reforms. Most recently, she chaired the 2018 Leadership Development Committee and now serves as Region X secretary. Prior to joining WES, Tobash was university placement services director at the Institute of International Education, overseeing U.S. graduate school placements for international sponsored students, primarily Fulbrighters, and worked at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY as director of admissions and in its English Language Center. She began her international education career teaching ESL in a refugee camp and as a Peace Corps volunteer. Tobash continues to be a frequent presenter on U.S. higher education and to promote the value of volunteer engagement as both a professional development opportunity, as well as a means to contribute to international education.

Previous Recipients

  • Denise Connerty
  • Nancy Erickson
  • Marlene M. Johnson
  • Judy Judd-Price
  • Michael B. Smithee, EdD
  • Mary Anne Grant
  • William E. Nolting
  • John Pearson
  • Deborah L. Pierce, PhD
  • Peter Briggs
  • Norman J. Peterson, PhD
  • Joy Stevenson, PhD
  • 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, PhD, 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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