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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

Name Title


April Crabtree Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Admissions University of San Francisco
Dean Tsantir Director of Graduate Admissions University of Minnesota
Jane Dunphy Senior Lecturer, English Language Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jordan England Executive Director, International Student Programs Foothill De-Anza Community College District
Patriece Campbell Director of International Programs and Services Millersville University
Shelley Saltzman Associate Director for Paartnerships, American Language Program Columbia University
Steven Shaw Assistant Vice Provost and Director of International Admissions University at Buffalo, The State University of New York 
Timothy Stanne Assistant Dean for Graduate Admissions Law School Admissions, New York University 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)