Mr. Michael C. Behnke (retired) was Vice President for University Relations and Dean of College Enrollment at the University of Chicago from 1997 to 2009. In that role, he oversaw college admissions and financial aid and University publications and news. Behnke received a B.A with Honors from Amherst College and an M.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Behnke served as Dean of Admissions at MIT for twelve years. Prior to MIT, he served as Dean of Admissions at Tufts University for ten years and as Associate Dean of Admissions at Amherst College for five years. Mr. Behnke has also taught history and mathematics on the secondary school level, in the Upward Bound Program, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Behnke has served twice as a Trustee of the College Entrance Examination Board and served a term as Chair of the College Board’s Guidance and Admissions Assembly. From 1989 to 2009, he served as a consultant for the Overseas Schools Project sponsored by the US Department of State. In that capacity, he has traveled to many foreign countries to give presentations on higher education in the United States.
Ms. Adele Brumfield has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years. She began her appointment as Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July 2010. Ms. Brumfield has expertise in core admissions functions including strategic planning, budget management, multicultural recruitment, publications development, and technology implementation. She has worked with students from all regions of the United States and has traveled to Canada, the Caribbean, China, Europe, and Mexico to identify top students. Adele also held admissions positions at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Denison University, Granville, Ohio; and Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ms. Brumfield has given numerous presentations at national higher education conferences on the selective admissions process at both public and private universities in the United States. In 2010, Adele traveled to Seoul, South Korea, as a guest of Chung-Ang University to share best practices on holistic admissions. She is the President of the Wisconsin Association of College Admissions Counseling, an affiliate of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). Adele served two years on the national NACAC Finance Committee which provides strategic financial advice to board members and chief officers. Also, Ms. Brumfield is on the College Board’s Midwest Regional Forum Program Planning Committee.
A first-generation college student, Ms. Brumfield is committed to improving access to higher education for first-generation, low-income and students of color. She earned a B.A. in Speech with a major in Broadcast Communication from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an M. A. in Telecommunication from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Mr. Jonathan Burdick is the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (ranked #35 nationally by US News and World Report). He came to Rochester in 2003 after 18 years in admissions at the University of Southern California. He has strong expertise in issues related to college admissions and financial aid.
Dr. David Anthony Cardwell is Professor of Superconducting Engineering in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, where he is Deputy Head of Department with responsibility for Graduate Studies. Professor Cardwell leads the Bulk Superconductor research group at Cambridge on the processing and applications of bulk high temperature superconductors, which can be used to generate very high magnetic fields. He is Treasurer of the European Society of Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) and a board member of a number of international journals and conferences. He has authored of over 270 technical papers and patents since 1984. Professor Cardwell has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam since 1993, and is currently Admissions Tutor for Sciences. He is responsible for the recruitment of undergraduates from mainland PR China.
Ms. Sunny Chen is the Beijing Manager for the University of Melbourne. Sunny has an interdisciplinary background in science, arts management, education and financial planning. She has worked in both the media and advertising industries in China and has extensive working experience in the Australian education system in various management/organisational and marketing roles.
As an alumni of the University of Melbourne, Sunny is responsible for developing, building and maintaining a strong presence in Beijing and the surrounding cities and areas for the University of Melbourne. She manages a range of activities including high level representation and engagement for the university; supporting academic linkages between the university and leading Chinese research institutions; supporting and encouraging alumni; facilitating all marketing activities and liaising with representatives, in collaboration with Melbourne-based marketing staff. Sunny plays a key role in managing crucial external and internal relationships, and will also provide expert advice to the university relating to opportunities and potential in China.
Dr. Douglas Christiansen holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration and is Vanderbilt University's vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions. He is also an assistant professor of public policy and higher education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt's Peabody College.
Dr. Christiansen serves as the university’s chief enrollment strategist, overseeing admissions, financial aid and scholarships, the registrar’s office, enrollment information systems, and institutional research. He has been recruiting internationally for over fifteen years and has been in higher education and admissions for nearly twenty five years. Dr. Christiansen is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for The College Board.
Ms. Doris Davis Prior to joining the Ameson Foundation as the Senior Vice President, Doris worked for ten years as the Associate Provost for Admissions and Enrollment at Cornell University (New York) and for eleven years as the Dean of Admissions at Barnard College of Columbia University (New York). In addition, she was an Associate Director of Admissions at Yale University (Connecticut), and an Assistant Director of Admissions at Mills College (California) and at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio).
Doris' international admissions experiences are extensive. She has travelled to Asia every year for the past 20 years, and is deeply knowledgeable about the educational systems and secondary schools in the Pacific Rim. She is known for her expertise, integrity and commitment to excellence.
Her international professional activities include serving as a consultant to the admissions office at Seoul National University; serving as an admissions presenter for the Hong Kong Education Department. For over 15 years, she served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools travelling to sub-Saharan Africa each year to provide information to students on applying for admission to colleges and universities in the United States.
She has served on various educational committees, including the College Board SAT Committee. She also served as a faculty member for the College Board Summer Institute for International Admissions. Most recently, she served as a member of the Board of Directors for The Common Application, including serving as President of the Board of Directors. She is the Chair of the Ameson University Admissions Advisory Committee; she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Student Opportunity, a non-profit organization to promote college access for first-generation American students.
Doris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also pursued Ph.D. work in American History at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Anne DeLuca serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Admissions and Enrollment at the University of California, Berkeley. In that role, she oversees Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and the Office of the Registrar, as well as Student Technology Implementations. Dr. De Luca has 19 years of experience in admissions and enrollment management at a variety of institutions in the U.S., including UC Berkeley, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Arizona. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her doctoral research focused on institutional factors which may support or hinder retention and graduation rates of students at some of the best research universities in the United States. At UC Berkeley, in 2012 she directed the admission review and selection of the incoming class from a group of over 76,000 applicants from around the world.
Dr. Zina Evans is the Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Florida. She is responsible for providing campus-wide leadership in executing the strategic recruitment, admission, registration, records management, and student finance functions for the University.
Zina has over 20 years experience in higher education administration in such areas as admissions and enrollment management, academic affairs, and student affairs. Her work has included strategic planning, assessment, policy and program development, market research, and data analysis. She’s worked at such institutions as UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara as well as the University of Maryland. In addition, she held the position of Director of Research for the National Association for College Admission Counseling where she managed research activities focused on the needs of admission and enrollment management professionals. Additionally, she served as a resource for information on research regarding admission and financial aid for public and private institutions. Zina also held the position of affiliate assistant professor at the University of Maryland in the College of Education’s department of Counseling and Personnel Services. Her research interests focus on the issues of access, retention and persistence in higher education.Her other involvement’s have included serving on the Educational Testing Services TOEFL Advisory Committee; executive member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and a three-year appointment on the National Post-secondary Educational Collaborative, a research collaborative of the US Department of Education. Currently she serves on the SAT Advisory Committee for the College Board, the State University System Admission and Registrar Committee, the Executive Board of the New World School of the Arts and chair for the Florida Higher Education Colloquium sponsored by the College Board, Southern Region.
Mr. Shawn Felton is the Senior Associate Director of Admissions and University Recruitment Coordinator at Cornell University. He provides senior-level management for all aspects of admissions recruitment including recruitment of first-year, multicultural, international and transfer students. Shawn also serves as the lead international recruiter for Asia and Africa. He is responsible for implementing the international recruitment and communication strategy, and is the primary contact for international students and schools abroad. Shawn manages the international financial aid budget and is responsible for the selection of international students who receive financial aid. He also is the Advisor to the International Student Ambassadors, a group of international students who assist in the recruitment of international students. Shawn also has worked in the admissions office in Cornell’s College of Engineering.
Prior to coming to Cornell in 2003, Shawn was the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Virginia. He also was the Senior Web Developer for University Relations and the Community Relations Coordinator for the Student Health Center, both at the University of Virginia.
In addition to his work in admissions, Shawn is a talented musician. He has been a private voice instructor and a faculty instructor in music and voice at Piedmont Virginia Community College and a Graduate Instructor at the University of Virginia. He was a tenor/soloist in the Sage Chapel Choir at Cornell University and a Classical and Gospel Music Announcer for a radio station in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Shawn has a BA and an MA in music, both from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Benjamin Gatlin
Prior to joining the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt, Benjamin completed his Master of Education degree with an emphasis on Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. During his time as a graduate student, Benjamin worked as a research assistant on two different long-range research projects. His primary research assistantship was in the Special Education Department tutoring low-performing first-grade students in reading and math. He also was a research assistant in the Education and Brain Research Lab at Vanderbilt. Currently, he serves on the International Admissions and Recruitment Team responsible for the central and southern provinces of China as well as Central Asia. His U.S. territories include South Florida, Southeast Tennessee, and homeschooled students. Other duties include Digital Recruitment and Social Media committee and co-leading the Vanderbilt AmbassaDores and Tour Guide program.
Ms. Wendy Holden is the Acting Executive Director of Admissions at the University of Melbourne. She also is the Associate Director of National Markets in the Office of Admissions. She is responsible for undergraduate international and domestic recruitment, and also provides support to graduate schools for onshore recruitment. She also has worked as the General Manager Offshore, the Manager of National Recruitment, the Schools Liaison Officer and the Schools Liaison Manager. She previously worked for the Victorian Department of Education as a Student Welfare Coordinator and as a classroom teacher and Head of Humanities.
Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne; she also has a Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in University Administration from the University of Melbourne.
Ms. Deborah Ann Kammerer is the Interim Associate Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Yield for the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools at UC San Diego. Her tenure in admissions began at UC San Diego in 1990 as an Evaluator, a position she has held at the university in both the undergraduate and graduate admissions offices. She has been an Outreach Officer, promoting the university to prospective students; was involved in the planning of the inaugural year of UC San Diego School of Medicine’s UniversityLink Medical Science Program for California Community College students; was the chair of the Region 10 Transition Forum and served as UC San Diego’s Transfer Student Services Coordinator. Mrs. Kammerer earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from UC San Diego and completed the Community Based-Block Educational Counseling program at San Diego State University.
Ms. Laurie Koehler has served as the Dean of Admissions at Bryn Mawr College since July 2010. She started her work in the field of admission in 1998 at the University of Virginia, where she was an assistant dean for four years. Following her time there, she served as the Associate Director for Alumni Volunteer Programs, and then Senior Associate Director of Recruitment, at Cornell University. Prior to joining Bryn Mawr, she served as the Director of Admission at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She holds both her B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and her M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia. She has served in various leadership capacities with professional organizations, including at present serving on the Board of Directors of the Common Application, where she will be chairing the Applications Committee for the third consecutive year. In addition to her work in the field of admission, she spent eight years in community education and non-profit management, and has served as a diversity trainer and community college instructor.
Ms. San Lee graduated from University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Communication. While in Davis, San served on the Student Alumni Association Board of Directors, worked for the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, and was an orientation leader. After graduation, San worked for UC Davis alumnus Celebrity Chef, Martin Yan, as a Public Relations Specialist in the Bay Area in San Francisco. Upon her return to Hong Kong, San had worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. She now inspires students from the Greater China Region to attend her alma mater as UC Davis International Regional Recruiter and Admissions Adviser. In addition to her role with UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions, San is staying connected with her fellow UC Davis alumni by establishing and coordinating the UC Davis Hong Kong alumni network.
Mr. Jian Liu, is a well-known expert and key participant in the fields of curriculum and curriculum reform. He is currently a professor, the Assistant Director of the Ministry of Education's Development Center for Basic Eduation Curriculum and Textbooks, Director of the Curriculum Department , and the Executive Director and Chief Editor of the National Magazine "Basic Education Curriculum."
Ms. Chengfu McNeal has been working in the China-Cornell Preparatory Program since 2010, visiting high schools in China and recruiting top students to come to Cornell to study over the summer. Last year she also brought her first-hand knowledge of Chinese high schools to Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office, where she helps review application materials.
Mr. Angel Perez currently serves as Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Pitzer College, in Claremont, CA. He has worked in admission at Skidmore College (NY) and Claremont McKenna College (CA). He also spent several years in New York City as Director of College Counseling at a public school. He holds a BS from Skidmore College, an MA from Columbia University, and is in the process of completing a PhD at Claremont Graduate University. Throughout his career he has been active in state and national counseling association boards and committees and is currently Chair of The College Board's Western Regional Assembly. He travels globally to speak on issues of American education and is passionate about the transformative power of an American liberal arts education. He writes often about issues of college admission and access and has been published in periodicals including: The Journal of College Admission, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Los Angeles Times. Angel teaches in the College Counseling Certification of UCLA and recently served as a fellow at the Bowen Institute for Higher Education Policy.
Ms. Lisa Przekop currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a lead member of the management team and retains full authority and responsibility for coordinating all phases of school services within California’s high schools and community colleges. She identifies and establishes goals and priorities for outreach activities including program planning, oversight of expansion activities, and evaluation of existing initiatives. Lisa has worked at UC Santa Barbara since 1985.
Lisa is the Founder and Advisor for the UC Santa Barbara Guardian Scholars Program, a foster youth program. She is also on the Board of Directors of the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association and the Board of Directors of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors and the Institutional Representative to the Overseas Association of College Admissions Counselors. In 2006, she was awarded the distinction of “Santa Barbara Local Hero” by a Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper.
Lisa has a BA in Developmental Psychology & Experimental Psychology and an MA in Confluent Education, both from UC Santa Barbara.
Mr. Walter A. Robinson was born in Oakland and raised in Richmond and Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley High School, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno. From 1980 through 1994 he was a counselor in CSU Fresno's Educational Opportunity Program, involved in academic preparation, student retention services and student advising.
He later served at CSU Fresno as the associate director of affirmative action, developing and coordinating diversity awareness training programs for faculty, staff and students. He went on to become associate director there of the University Student Union, where he directed student activities programs, including a leadership development program.
In 1994, Robinson became the assistant director of admissions at the University of Florida at Gainesville, and in 1996, he took a position as associate director of admissions at the state's flagship campus, where he assisted in the development and implementation of admissions policy, supervised admissions recruitment programs and coordinated outreach efforts. In 2005, Robinson moved back to the West Coast to serve as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Berkeley, where he oversaw significant admissions changes, such as the transition to an online application process and an increased volume of undergraduate applications.
In 2011, Robinson was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of UC Davis, where he continues his efforts in admissions recruitment, early academic outreach programs, and visitor services. He is passionate about the possibility of expanding the number of both resident and nonresident students at UC Davis: “If Davis is successful in being allowed to increase, which is their desire, then that creates opportunities for every population and that, to me, is really super exciting.”
Dr. Owen Saxton is a Senior Research Associate in the University of Cambridge Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; he works on the image formation and interpretation problems of high resolution electron microscopy, using various forms of computer processing to recover images otherwise incomprehensible because of lens aberrations, high noise levels or the nature of electron scattering.
As a College Lecturer and Director of Studies at Murray Edwards College (founded as New Hall), Dr. Saxton teaches Physics, and is responsible for the College's teaching and admissions.Dr. Saxton received his BA from St John's College, Cambridge in the Natural Sciences. His doctoral work was in Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge: Electron Microscopy Group under Dr V E Cosslett FRS and Dr P W Hawkes (supervisor) where he received a PhD.
Dr. Deborah Stipek has been the James Quillen Dean and Professor of Education at Stanford’s (ranked #5 nationally by US News and World Report) Graduate School of Education since 2001. Holding a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Yale University, Dr. Stipek’s research has focused on achievement motivation, early childhood and elementary education, education policy and school reform.
Mr. Songhua Tan is a doctoral supervisor, a member of the National Education Advisory Committee, the Head of the committee's Examination and Enrollment System Reform Working Group, and the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy. He is an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, Beijing Normal University and East China Normal University. He has previously acted as the Deputy Director of the National Center for Education Development Research. Songhua Tan is the chief designer and decision maker for the Gaokao examination (the Chinese college entrance exam) and its strategic development.
Dr. Vu Thanh Tran (retired), the former Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has had a long career of over 37 years in California higher education.
Between 2001 and 2011, Tran oversaw a very complicated, highly competitive and politically charged undergraduate admission program at UCLA. During his first year at the University, he provided leadership implementing very successfully the new UC comprehensive admissions policy which took into considerations student qualifications beyond the standard academic measures. In 2007, Dr. Tran and Admissions staff, again implemented an enhanced, holistic admission approach that evaluated highly accomplished applicants in context of student environment and circumstances that has won praises from many other UC campuses. In 2009, he started and directed a new recruitment campaign to increase the enrollment of nonresident and international freshmen from 8% in previous years to about 18% for the 2011 cohort. In 2006, Newsweek named UCLA one of the 25 “New Ivies” due to its impressive applicant pool and selective admission processes. It is the only public university in California to earn such a distinction.
Prior to his directorship at UCLA, Dr. Tran had 27 years in the California State University (CSU) system. He served California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) for six years as its Director of Student Recruitment and Financial Aid. Prior to CSULA, during a 21 year span, he held several positions – Counselor, Assistant Director, Associate Director and Acting Director of Financial Aid – at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
A native of Vietnam, Dr. Tran earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Dalat University in South Vietnam, a Master’s degree in Business Management from CSUN, and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from UCLA.
Professionally, Dr. Tran had been active the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA). He served CASFAA in many positions; among them the 2007 Chair of Fiscal Planning Committee, the 2000 CASFAA President, etc. Dr. Tran had also been member of many UCLA/UC taskforces and committees such as the Chancellor’s Enrollment Advisory Committee, Student Fees Advisory Committee, UC Nonresident Recruitment Taskforce, etc. He has made numerous presentations on admission issues at various conferences during the past several years.
Dr. Tran retired from UCLA in November 2011 and currently is a member of the AMESON Advisory Committee for University Admissions.
Mr. Zhengguo Yuan is a professor, doctoral supervisor and one of the main drafters of the "National Mid- to Long-term Education Reform and Development Plan (2010-2020)." He has acted as Deputy Director of the State Council's Office of National Education Reform Leading Group, Secretary-General of the National Education Advisory Committee and the Deputy Director of one of the Advisory Committee’s Working Groups: Group for Provincial-level Comprehensive Reform (Directed by former Ministry of Education Vice Minister Zan Wang), President of the National Institute for Educational Scientific Research, and Director of the National Office for Education Sciences Planning. He is a professor and doctoral supervisor at East China Normal University, and an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, Zhejiang University, and Fudan University. He is well-known as an educational theorist and policy developer.