Academic Assembly adds New Leaders to Team

24Jul '18

Academic Assembly adds New Leaders to Team

The board of directors of Academic Assembly has recently been expanded, with the addition of Brian Whalen and Robert Fried.

Brian comes to Academic Assembly after having stepped down as CEO and President of The Forum on Education Abroad, which he led for twelve years. Prior to The Forum, Brian served as senior educational officer at both Dickinson College and Marist College. In addition, he founded Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. He brings an abundance of knowledge related to higher education quality assurance, program development and operations.

Robert Fried co-founded Chinese Language Institute (CLI) in Guilin, China, nine years ago. CLI has developed a reputation for delivering innovative and high quality Chinese language and cultural studies, having enrolled over 2,000 students from over 27 countries since 2009. I am proud to say that my own son studied at CLI in 2017, and had an extraordinary experience. Robert is also CEO of Solstice Education, which provides custom designed, integrated education abroad programs to institutions. He brings substantial business and financial management expertise to Academic Assembly.

In addition, the Academic Assembly Advisory Board has recently been expanded to include Molly Broad and the Hon. Jerry Hultin.

Molly Broad recently stepped down as president of the American Council on Education (ACE), where she aggressively moved that organization’s international agenda providing guidance and support to presidents and provosts pursuing comprehensive internationalization. Immediately prior to that, she served as head of the North Carolina University system.

The Hon. Jerry Hulton served as Under Secretary of the Navy under President Clinton, and then went on to the presidency pf Polytechnic University. He successfully merged Polytechnic into New York University, resulting in NYU’s first engineering school. Earlier, he served as dean of the school of technology management at Stevens Institute of Technology. Jerry is deeply involved in entrepreneurship and the global smart cities movement.