2010-2011 AIEA Presidential Mentors

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Uliana Gabara is the Dean of International Education and the Carole M. Weinstein Chair of International Education at the University of Richmond, where she previously served as the Director and Associate Provost of International Education. She has led the charge in developing institutional strategies for internationalization both at the university level and through her leadership in consortia and networks of higher education institutions, including the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) and the European Association for International Education. Gabara earned her B.A. from Bennington College, her M.A. from the University of Warsaw, and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

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Meredith McQuaid is the Associate Vice President and Dean for International Programs for the University of Minnesota system. She also has administrative oversight for the Office of International Programs. Previously, she served as Associate Dean of Administration and International Programs, as well as Director of International and Graduate Programs at the University of Minnesota Law School. McQuaid earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Upon completion of her law degree, McQuaid joined Popham, Haik, Schnobrick & Kaufman in Minneapolis as an Associate Attorney, working in immigration and civil litigation.

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Gilbert W. Merkx is the Director of the Center for International Studies, as well as professor of sociology. Merkx is President of the Association of International Education Administrators, co-Chairman of the Council of Directors of Title VI National Resource Centers for Foreign Language and Area Studies, and a member of the Board of the OAS Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and of the Board of the Scholars at Risk Network. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.

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Joseph D. Tullbane is the Associate Dean for International Education and Outreach at St. Norbert College, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for International Education. He was a consultant to the Department of the Army on Russian political-military affairs and served in the U.S. Army for 23 years as a Soviet/Eastern European Specialist. He currently sits on two international School Boards of Directors and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regional Specialists. Tullbane received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and his M.A. from The American University. He also holds two degrees in Design Architecture from Rice University.