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Higher Education Advisory Council

The members of the IELTS USA Higher Education Advisory Council are leaders in their fields in the higher education sector. They represent secondary schools, undergraduate and graduate education, public and private institutions, and the TESOL profession. 

The responsibilities of the Board include but are not limited to:

  • informing the Executive Director and staff about trends in higher education that are relevant to IELTS USA
  • advising the Executive Director and staff about IELTS USA issues, policies, and strategic plans
  • serving as an ambassador for IELTS USA publicly in everyday work situations, and at conferences and meetings
  • assisting the Executive Director and IELTS USA staff with introductions to specific non-recognizing institutions
  • being available to the Executive Director and staff of IELTS USA for individual consultation
  • recommending and recruiting potential Board members.

The inaugural Higher Education Advisory Council meeting took place in 2015, and we had the opportunity to discuss the current state of IELTS in the US and worldwide with representatives from US colleges and universities. The council members offered open and candid feedback on potential new IELTS programs, services, strategic communications, and plans for the future. We look forward to continuing this dialogue with them moving forward.

IELTS USA Higher Education Advisory Council Members

April Crabtree

Assistant Vice Provost University of San Francisco

April Crabtree has worked in admission since 2008. Prior to her role at USF, April served as Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of International Admission at Eckerd College.

Dean Tsantir

Director of Graduate Admissions University of Minnesota Dean Tsantir’s experience involved international student recruitment and educational technology research. He also has experience working overseas for the Ministry of Education in Chiba City, Japan.

Jane Dunphy

Senior Lecturer Massachusetts Institute of Technology Jane has taught a variety of subjects in professional and cross-cultural communication and has designed workshops on different aspects of professional communication for domestic and international organizations, hi-tech companies, and academic institutions

Jordan England

Executive Director Foothill De-Anza Community College District Jordan has worked in International Education since 2002.She is a member of the Committee for Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the Council of International Schools.

Patriece Campbell

Director of International Programs and Services Millersville University Patriece has more than 15 years of experience in international education.She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, a M.P.A. from Michigan University in Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. from the University of New England.

Shelley Salzman

Associate Director for Partnerships Columbia University Dr. Shelley A. Saltzman helps assess language ability of incoming students, and designs curricula for schools such as Columbia Law School, the School of Professional Studies, and the School of General Studies.

Steven Shaw

Assistant Vice Provost and Director of International Admissions University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Steven has more than 30 years of experience in the field of international education and has served on advisory boards and councils with Linden Educational Services, ETS, College Board, Yildizlar Education Foundation, and NAFSA.
Tim Stanne

Timothy Stanne

Assistant Dean for Graduate Admissions New York University School of Law For more than 14 years, Tim has been involved in international admissions at NYU School of Law.

Former Members:

  • Tom Atkinson, Associate Dean, Graduate School, Purdue University (served 2015-2018)
  • Douglas L. Christiansen, Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vanderbilt University (served 2015-2016)
  • Aimee Gruber, Senior Director of Outreach & Business Development, Enrollment Management Association (served 2017-2019)
  • Deborah Hefferon, International Education and Cross-cultural Communication Consultant (served 2015-2018)
  • Jason Kahabka, Associate Dean for Administration, Cornell University (served 2015-2018)
  • Tatiana Mackliff, Executive Director of International Education, Miami Dade College (served 2015-2018)
  • Ffiona Rees, Senior Associate Director of Admission, University of California Los Angeles (served 2015-2016)