Board of Directors

PRESIDENT OF THE CONAHEC BOARD
David Atkinson - President
MacEwan University

David Atkinson
 

David W. Atkinson is President of MacEwan University. He held positions as President and Vice-Chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic, Carleton and Brock Universities, and, prior to that he served as Dean of Arts and Science and Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. President Atkinson also spent 15 years at the University of Lethbridge where he took on increasingly senior administrative positions, including Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Vice-President (Academic). Atkinson teaches in the areas of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, World Religions, and critical hermeneutics, and he has published widely, including four books and over ninety papers and reviews. His fifth book on the Scottish writer James Melville is currently in preparation. Born in England, he immigrated to Canada with his parents when very young. He attended Indiana University on an athletic scholarship, where he was an NCAA All-American in Cross Country. President Atkinson completed his B.A. at the University of Calgary and then went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. He is President of the Board of Directors of CONAHEC.

José Alfonso Esparza Ortiz - President
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Jose Alfonso Esparza Ortiz
 

Contador Público y Auditor egresado de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Cuenta con la Maestría en Administración del Instituto de Estudios Universitarios, así como con la Maestría en Administración de Calidad en la Gestión Pública Local del Instituto de Administración Pública del Estado de Puebla. Cursó la Especialidad en Materia Fiscal en la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla y un Diplomado en Liderazgo Financiero en el Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey y la Universidad de Harvard. Actualmente se encuentra cursando la maestría en Gerencia Política y Gobernanza Estratégica por la Universidad George Washington. Cuenta con la certificación profesional de Contador Público ante el Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos. Ingresó en 1983 como catedrático hora clase a la Facultad de Contaduría Pública en la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla y obtuvo por concurso por oposición la titularidad de tiempo completo y a la fecha ostenta como académico el grado de Titular Tiempo Completo “C”. Se ha desempeñado como miembro de la Comisión de Fiscalización de Presupuesto del H. Consejo Universitario, fue Delegado de Organización de la Comisión del Sindicato Universitario de Trabajadores de la Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. A propuesta en terna por la Facultad de Contaduría Pública de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, fue nombrado como Auditor Interno por el Honorable Consejo Universitario. También ha fungido como Contralor General, Tesorero General, Secretario General y actualmente como Rector de la Máxima Casa de Estudios en el estado. Dentro de estas funciones se ha destacado siempre por implementar y desarrollar mecanismos y procedimientos que permitan una eficiente administración de los recursos asignados a la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla buscando un beneficio colectivo. Ha participado activamente en diversos cargos de la Comisión de Desarrollo Profesional hasta ocupar la Presidencia del Colegio de Contadores Públicos del Estado de Puebla A.C. Fue representante de la BUAP en el Consejo de Armonización Contable para el Estado de Puebla. Es miembro numerario de la AMEREIAF, miembro Académico de la AMDAID, Fundador y Miembro del Consejo Asesor de la AMOCVIES, de la cual fungió como Secretario y posteriormente como Presidente, miembro del Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, A.C., miembro del Consejo Consultivo en el Colegio de Contadores Públicos del Estado de Puebla, A.C. Desde 1983 se ha mantenido activo en el ámbito de la profesión de Contaduría Pública, así como en constante capacitación y actualización a través de cursos y seminarios diversos.

VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE CONAHEC BOARD
Mary Fanelli Ayala - Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Eastern New Mexico University

Mary Fanelli Ayala
 

Mary Fanelli Ayala is a Hispanic American who was raised in Philadelphia by her adoptive parents, of Italian descent.  She has a doctorate in Latin American Literature from Temple University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Colegio de México, Mexico City. In 2001, she was named Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year, New Mexico. Currently she is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Latin American Literature at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico.

Joan Landeros - Director
Center for International Education
La Salle University

Joan Landeros   Joan Landeros is Director and founder of the Center for International Education at La Salle University in Mexico City. The Center coordinates the institutional efforts for internationalization and academic collaboration. She has been teaching at La Salle since 1973 and served as Academic Coordinator and General Coordinator of the Language Center. She has done external consulting for Cambridge University. She did her undergraduate studies at the Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, and her graduate studies in Latin American Studies and TESL at UCLA. She was a Fulbright scholar at El Colegio de Mexico and UNAM and received a British Council scholarship to specialize in Educational Technology at the University of Lancaster. She was a member of the Mexican delegation to the UNESCO World Conference for Higher Education in Paris and has served on various international education committees and task force. Dr. Landeros is actively involved in NAFSA, EAIE, AMPEI, and numerous other professional organizations. Currently, she is Regional Director at-large for the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU) and is a member of the Standing Committee for the Lasallian Educational Mission in Rome. She also serves on the IAUP/UN Commission for Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution, and Peace. Her areas of interest include international education, innovative models of education and educational technology. In 2004, she was granted the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota.

VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE CONAHEC BOARD
Fernando León - President
CETYS University

Fernando Leon Garcia   Fernando León-García is President of CETYS University, an institution he served from 1974 to 2000 in several capacities including Chief Academic Officer / Provost. Previously, Fernando served as Chancellor of City University of Seattle’s International Division where he was tasked with the development and growth of CityU’s programs, campuses, and sites outside the U.S., including but not limited to Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Switzerland, China, Mexico, Canada and Australia. From Spring 2004 to Winter 2008, he was Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of CityU and during part of 2005-2006 also served as Co-Acting President of the Institution. He was recently appointed as Chair of the Council of fellows of the American Council on Education. Also, he has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of CONAHEC.

Mike Proctor - Vice President of Global Initiatives
The University of Arizona

Mike Proctor
  Mike Proctor is Vice President for Global Initiatives at the University of Arizona.  Mike facilitates the implementation of international programs in a wide range of areas, including large research initiatives, faculty mobility, study abroad, student exchange, passports and visas, and strategic multinational collaborations.  Mike’s office also supports all incoming international students, and visiting scholars annually.  He is also a professor in Watershed Management in the School of Natural Resources, and teaches Environmental Law in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. Mike has a long affiliation with the University of Arizona which includes a 1983 bachelor's degree in renewable natural resources and a 1988 J.D. He has worked in natural resource positions in Arizona and New Mexico; practiced law for 12 years, including seven years as a UA attorney and five years in private practice; served nearly five years as director and assistant vice president of corporate relations for the UA; and was most recently the associate dean for external affairs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mike also serves on the Arizona Rural Development Council and on the Pima County Workforce Investment Board.
 
 
Ex Officio Members:
Gail Bowkett - Director, Research, Policy and International Relations
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
Gail Bowkett   Gail Bowkett is the Director of Research, Policy and International Relations at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). With over 15 years’ experience in international development and international relations, Gail provides leadership on international relations and research matters and ensures the integration of these key areas into AUCC’s broader public affairs and advocacy priorities. This includes policy development and advocacy, government relations, liaison and member service activities to promote the international dimension of higher education and research in Canada’s domestic and international policies as well as support to the internationalization efforts of Canadian universities. Gail holds a Master of International Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and an Honours Bachelor degree in Russian language and literature from Carleton University.
Walter G. Bumphus - President & CEO
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Walter G. Bumphus   From 2007 to January 1, 2011, Dr. Bumphus served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He also held the A. M. Aikin Regents Endowed Chair in Junior and Community College Education Leadership. He previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) from 2001 to 2007. LCTCS later conferred upon him the title of President Emeritus of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. From November 2000 to September 2001 he was chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). Prior to joining BRCC, Dr. Bumphus worked in the corporate world serving as President of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning. Six years prior, he served as president of Brookhaven College in Dallas County Community
College District. Dr. Bumphus holds a B.A. degree in speech communications and a M.A. degree in guidance and counseling from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1992, Dr. Bumphus was recognized as a distinguished graduate from both Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bumphus holds the distinction of being one of the few leaders in the field of education to receive the National CEO of the Year Award, to chair the AACC Board of Directors, and to receive the AACC National Leadership Award.
América Lizarraga - President 
Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI)
América Lizárraga   América Lizárraga is Full Time Professor from the Faculty of International Studies and Public Policy at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, UAS. PhD student in Management of Peace and Conflict at the University of Granada, Spain, Master in United States and Canada Studies from UAS. Degree in International Relations from the Technological University of Sinaloa. She has performed as Coordinator of the mobility student program and Director of International Relations at UAS. She is currently General Director of International Relations and Outreach office at the same institution and was recently appointed President of the Mexican Association for International Education, AMPEI.

Brad Farnsworth - Interim Vice President of the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement
American Council on Education

Brad Farnsworth
 

Brad Farnsworth is interim vice president of ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. He is responsible for several programs, including the Internationalization Collaborative, the Institute for Leading Internationalization, and engagement with the Washington-based diplomatic community. He is also responsible for implementing the Center's fundraising strategy. From 1991 until joining ACE in early 2012, Brad was director of the Center for International Business Education in the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. The center's programs included faculty research projects, foreign language courses, education abroad, executive development programs, and student internships. The Michigan CIBE was known for its strong ties to the liberal arts; Brad helped to establish the program in international studies, serving as its director while developing and teaching one of its core courses. Brad also taught courses on international management, the world economy, and business in China to MBAs, undergraduates and executives. From 1982 to 1991, Brad was associate director of the Yale-China Association, an educational organization based at Yale University that was established in the early 20th century. During that time he developed one of the first management training programs with foreign cooperation in mainland China. Brad has focused on China throughout his career, visiting the country frequently and serving as a faculty associate in the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. He holds master's degrees in business and Chinese studies from Washington University in St. Louis, both awarded in 1981.

Jose Celso Freire - President
Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI)
José Celso Freire Junior
  Prof. José Celso Freire Junior has a PhD in Computer Science from Joseph Fourier University, France. He is an Associate Professor at São Paulo State University, UNESP in Brazil. He is the current Associate Provost for International Affairs at UNESP and the President of FAUBAI, the Brazilian Association for International Education, and as such has participated as a panelist to several international events like Going Global, EAIE, NAFSA and AIEA.
Joe Garcia - President
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Joe Garcia
  Joe Garcia was appointed President of WICHE in June 2016. He served as the Lt. Governor of Colorado and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, beginning in 2011. He had previously served on the WICHE Commission for nine years, including serving as its chair in 2011. During his time as Lt. Governor and as the SHEEO for Colorado, Garcia focused on increasing equity in outcomes for all students, particularly those from low income backgrounds and communities of color. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Garcia served as President of Colorado State University-Pueblo, which was named the Outstanding Member Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities during his tenure. He also served as President of Colorado’s second largest community college, Pikes Peak Community College, where he was twice named President of the Year by the State Student Advisory Council. His previous public service positions included serving as a member of the Cabinet of Gov. Roy Romer and as a White House appointee under President Bill Clinton at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also was employed in the private practice of law for 10 years at the law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen, where he became the first Hispanic partner in the 100 year history of the firm. Garcia earned his B.S. in Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Raul Martinez - President
Asociación Nacional de Universidades Tecnológicas (ANUT)

Raul Martinez  

 President of the National Association of Technological Universities of Mexico and President of the Technological University of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico.

Jaime Valls Esponda - Executive Secretary General
Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES)
Jaime Valls Esponda   Executive Secretary General of the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education of Mexico (ANUIES). Licenciado en Economía, del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM); Maestría en Economía Política de la Universidad de Essex en Inglaterra, becado por el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). Diplomado Automatizado de Impuestos del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Diplomado en Información Tecnológica para Sistemas Fiscales por la Universidad de Harvard y el Lincoln Institute de Cambridge Massachusetts, Estados Unidos. Diplomado para Administradores de la Educación por la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos en Quito, Ecuador. Fue Rector de la Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, Gestión 2010– 2014. Anteriormente ha fungido como Presidente Municipal Constitucional de Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, periodo 2008-2010, Presidente de la Asociación de Autoridades Locales de México, A.C., Secretario de Planeación y Desarrollo Sustentable en la administración estatal pasada entre otros cargos.
Sean Manley-Casimir - Executive Director
Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC)
Sean Manley-Casimir  

Sean Manley-Casimir is executive director of the not-for-profit Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) which now connects over 170 member institutions. CONAHEC helps higher education institutions in North America and around the world collaborate to address humanity’s most important challenges; internationalize while strengthening local roots; and provide high quality and continuously improving study, teaching and research opportunities to diverse, interconnected people. As Director for Latin American Collaborations for The University of Arizona, he is also fortunate to represent this top-tier research oriented university and make good on its commitment to engaging with high quality Latin American partner institutions. He speaks English, French and Spanish and has worked, studied and traveled extensively in Latin America.