Education Abroad (EA)


Developing a Strategic Program Portfolio: How to Make it Happen

Thursday, June 1
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
LACC, Room 511

Increasingly, schools and organizations must streamline education abroad offerings to create a well-rounded program portfolio. One must consider multiple stakeholders, academic pathways, unique student profiles, and institutional priorities. This session highlights practices in the strategic portfolio development process including defining objectives, outlining processes, determining stakeholders, and considering program audit tools.

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Lauren M. Alexander

Associate Vice President
International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since joining the ISA team in 2008, Lauren Alexander has worked in several areas of the organization. For six years, she served as Associate Vice President of the Custom Programs division followed by one year directing ISA's Internships and Service-Learning division. In early 2015, Lauren began her position as the Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, developing new areas of collaboration and strengthening existing relationships with ISA's U.S. university partners. Prior to joining ISA, Lauren spent six years as a Program Manager for IAESTE United States, where she collaborated with top engineering schools to create and implement international short-term experiential programs. Lauren received her bachelor's degree in English Literature and Hispanic Studies from Rice University and her master's degree in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


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Dan Hart

Associate Director, International Health, Safety, and Security
Arizona State University Study Abroad Office

As the Associate Director for International Health, Safety, and Security in the Arizona State University (ASU) Study Abroad Office, Dan is responsible for all matters related to the health, safety, and security of ASU study abroad programs and participants. During his more than fifteen years as an international education professional, Dan has served as a member-leader of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in a variety of capacities, including his current role as a member of the Education Abroad Health & Safety Subcommittee. Dan has undergraduate degrees in French and Jewish studies from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Intercultural Communication from ASU's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. He studied abroad once in France and twice Israel.


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Leigh Neys

Northern State University

Leigh Neys is Director of International Programs at Northern State University (NSU). She provides leadership and expertise in the development and realization of a vision for international education. Neys holds a doctorate in organization leadership, policy and development from the University of Minnesota.


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Jon W. Stauff

Vice Provost
Monmouth University

Jon Stauff is Vice Provost for Global Education at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. He provides leadership in all areas of international education and directs education abroad and international student and scholar services. Stauff taught modern European history at St. Ambrose University and transitioned into international education administration full time. He has also worked as the senior international officer at The College of New Jersey and Radford University. Stauff has served on the NAFSA EAKC leadership team as well as the NAFSA Region X team, and currently he holds seats on the advisory boards of several international education organizations.


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