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Two community colleges have received NAFSA's 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. This achievement demonstrates that community colleges are making considerable progress in their international efforts and are providing exemplary strategies in their approach to internationalization.

In this webinar, we explore the transformative process of internationalization from the perspective of an individual campus, a community college system, and Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. Barry Bannister, Carol Stax Brown, and Nithy Sevanthinathan provide their perspectives on the unique challenges and successes of community colleges internationalizing their campuses.


Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Address key challenges faced by community colleges when internationalizing.
  • Build your internationalization profile and support through leadership and infrastructure decisions.
  • Demonstrate the local benefits of global learning to students, staff, faculty, and the community.


Barry Bannister
Director, International Development
Green River Community College

Barry Bannister is director of international development at Green River Community College in Washington State. He is also professor of conflict resolution at Universidade Sao Jose in Macau and founding director of the Green River Community Mediation & Peace-building Institute. He is a Fulbright specialist scholar and member of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Committee, Washington DC, and chair of the American Recruitment Council’s Certification Board. During more than 30 years in international education, Bannister has worked as an educator and an international development consultant to foreign governments and on projects funded by the World Bank, the U.S. State Department, and the United Nations. He has also been a university administrator and chair professor in Australia, Hong Kong, and the Middle East. Before moving to the United States, Bannister was inaugural president of the Australian College of Kuwait. As a board member of Bellefonte Community College in Shillong, India, he has—since 2007—assisted in its development as India’s first U.S.-style community college.

Carol Stax Brown
Community Colleges for International Development, Inc.

Carol Stax Brown joined Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. (CCID) in 2008 and led the very successful U.S. Department of State–sponsored Community College Initiative as its national director. She has served as the organization’s president and executive director since 2011.

Earlier in her career, Stax Brown became a campus administrator at Lanier Technical College, operating a new college campus and managing accreditation processes for its technical and industrial programs. She also has several years of corporate experience in marketing and public relations, with particular success in start-up company ventures. Her teaching experiences include various positions in middle and high school and as faculty at the technical college level in General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), English, and humanities.

Nithy Sevanthinathan
System Executive Director
Lone Star College System

Nithy Sevanthinathan is the chief international officer (CIO) of the International Programs and Global Strategic Partnership of the Lone Star College System (LSCS) in Texas. He is also a principal designated school official (PDSO) for SEVIS. LSCS is ranked fourth among U.S. community colleges with international students by the 2012 Open Doors report. He served public, private, and state universities before joining LSCS. He engages organizations of all types on academic and workforce situations in different regions of the world on academic and workforce solutions in different regions of the world.

Sevanthinathan was featured in international publications such as USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, India Times, Voice of America, Business Officer-NACUBO, and The Hindu. He is a member of CCID and was a member of the NAFSA International Education Leadership Knowledge Community. Recently Nithy was a panel speaker for the first U.S.-India Summit hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and a guest for the first U.S.-Indonesia Summit hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.