We enjoyed engaging with you at the 2019 Presidents and Provosts Summit in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 30, 2019 and at the Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

University and college presidents, rectors and chancellors, and chief academic officers from across the globe joined us during the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. for an excellent learning and networking event.

This summit is designed specifically for campus leaders and chief academic officers who wish to cultivate deeper partnerships with each other while engaging on issues of global learning and campus internationalization. Attendees will gain insights from keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed for presidents and provosts respectively. A networking reception will be held the evening before the full day event.


Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

NAFSA CEO Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Executive Director and CEO
Esther Brimmer, DPhil, serves as the executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dr. Brimmer’s distinguished career includes three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the assistant secretary for international...

Diana Carlin, PhD

Saint Louis University
NAFSA Secretary
Diana Bartelli Carlin served as the senior international officer at Saint Louis University and at the University of Kansas. She retired from Saint Louis University in January 2016. She has been a NAFSA member since 2000. In 2007 and 2008, she served as dean-in-residence and director of international...

Fernando Léon-García, PhD

Fernando Leon Garcia
Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Fernando León-García, PhD, has been president of CETYS University since 2010, leading the institution to accreditation in the United States (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and to one of the most internationalized universities in Mexico. Prior, he served as chancellor of City University of Seattle’s...

Jeff Riedinger, PhD

University of Washington
Jeff Riedinger, PhD, is the 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...

Jorge G. Gonzalez, PhD

Jorge Gonzalez
Kalamazoo College
Jorge G. Gonzalez is the eighteenth president of Kalamazoo College, a position he has held since 2016. He previously served for six years as Occidental College’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. He was a member of the Trinity University faculty for 21 years. At Kalamazoo...

Marvin Krislov, JD

Pace University
Marvin Krislov is the eighth president of Pace University. He is deeply committed to Pace’s mission of Opportunitas—providing all students, regardless of economic background, access to the transformative power of education—and he is working to bolster Pace’s status as the nation’s leading four-year...

Jay A. Perman, MD

Jay Perman
University of Baltimore-Maryland
Jay Perman is president of the University of Maryland‐Baltimore (UMB), Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university. A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based healthcare to students of...

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Andreas Schleicher is director for education and skills, and special adviser on education policy to the secretary-general at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international...

DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, PhD

Bowie State University
DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, PhD, joined Bowie State University as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2018. She serves as the chief academic officer, responsible for overseeing the academic and research enterprise of the university, ensuring the quality of the faculty and student...

Carol J. Erting, PhD

Gallaudet University
Carol J. Erting is the provost at Gallaudet University and a professor in the Department of Education. During her administrative career at Gallaudet University, she has also served as associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, Continuing Studies, and International Programs; dean...

Anne Skleder, PhD

Anne Skleder
Wilkes University
Anne Skleder, PhD, has served as senior vice president, provost, and professor of psychology at Wilkes University since 2014. At Wilkes University, she is responsible for leading academic programs and initiatives across six schools and colleges—which involve all areas of enrollment, technology...

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson
National Foundation for American Policy
Stuart Anderson is executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy, an Arlington-based, nonpartisan public policy research organization focusing on trade, immigration, and related issues. From August 2001 to January 2003, Anderson served as executive associate commissioner for...

Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy
The Honorable Michèle Flournoy cofounded CNAS, a bipartisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic, and principled national security policies in January 2007. She served as CNAS’s president until 2009, and returned as CEO in 2014. In 2017, she cofounded WestExec Advisors, a strategic...

Barry Maloney

Barry Maloney
Worcester State University
Barry M. Maloney has served as Worcester State University’s 11th president since 2011. Maloney also serves as chair of the Council of Presidents, the coordinating body of the nine Massachusetts state universities. He sits on the boards of directors for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and the...

Francis J. Ricciardone

Francis  J. Ricciardone
American University in Cairo
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Francis J. Ricciardone was appointed the 12th president of the American University in Cairo and began his term on July 1, 2016. He had served as a foreign service officer from 1978–2014, including appointments as U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Turkey, and the Philippines, and chargé d’affaires and deputy...

Muddassir Siddiqi, PhD

Muddassir Siddiqi
Houston Community College System
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Prior to joining Central College in 2017, Muddassir Siddiqi, PhD, served as provost and chief academic officer at Morton College and executive director at the City Colleges of Chicago. Siddiqi’s career profile also includes decade-long work experience with multinational corporations. Siddiqi...


NAFSA thanks Navitas for their generous support of the 2019 Presidents and Provosts Summit, and The Chronicle of Higher Education for their generous support of the Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception.