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Vice Provost for International Education
Ray Bromley has served as Vice Provost for International Education since May 2006. He is also a Professor of Planning, Geography and Public Policy at UAlbany, and has received the President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and in Academic Service, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He specializes in international development, comparative urbanism, community development and neighborhood revitalization, housing policy and small business promotion, and the history of ideas in planning and development.
Ray is a farmer’s son, originally from Shropshire, a rural county in western England. He lived a very local and parochial existence till he finished high school, but then he became a compulsive traveler, spending over a year in the U.S., Canada and Latin America by the time he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Geography at Cambridge University. In his senior year he served as President of the Cambridge University Explorers and Travelers Club, and he went on to do his PhD at Cambridge, specializing in Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, and Latin American Studies. He has taught and practiced planning for 35 years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
During his student years, Ray’s research focused on regional market systems in Mexico and Ecuador. He went on to do research in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, focusing on national, regional and metropolitan planning, and on the dynamics and regulation of street vendors and other micro-businesses.
In his early career, Ray worked ten years at Swansea University in South Wales, where he taught international development planning and played a major role in founding and building the Centre for Development Studies, and the Development Studies Association. He left Britain in 1981 to work as chief advisor to a regional development program in Peru. Subsequently, in 1985 he joined the faculty of UAlbany. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen, speaks fluent Spanish, and dreams of reaching fluency in French and Portuguese. He has served as a consultant to the State and City of New York, to the United Nations, UNICEF and USAID, and to projects funded by the World Bank and USAID.
Ray’s current research focuses on the global interchange of ideas in planning and rural development, and on regional and metropolitan development issues in Asia, especially India. For relaxation, he loves visiting crowded urban areas and rugged wilderness locations, listening to salsa, bolero, blues and classic rock music, and watching soccer and movies.
Short Resume and Long Resume
Not So Simple!
Caro, Moses, and the Impact
of the Cross-Bronx Expressway
Originally Published in the Bronx County Historical Society Journal
Director, Study Abroad and Exchanges
James Pasquill became Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges in 2004 after serving with various titles in the Office of International Education and former Office of International Programs since 1987.
Pasquill received his B.A. in Russian Studies from Bates College and M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from UAlbany and also spent an academic year at Moscow State University and one summer each in Middlebury College's and Norwich University's Russian Language Schools. After a brief stint as a middle school and high school teacher he returned to UAlbany to take a position managing the SUNY Soviet/Russian exchange programs and has never looked back.
At UAlbany Pasquill has served in numerous university service organizations including the UAS Board of Directors of which he was Board President for several years, several years on the University Senate including three on the executive committee, one year as Chair of the former University Community Council, and two as Chair of the University Life Council, and a final term served as the UAlbany Senate Secretary, and has served enough terms on Senate Councils and Committees and other university committees that he can hardly remember them all.
Pasquill represents the University at Albany on the SUNY-wide Council on International Education (CIE) and is currently in his second term on the CIE Steering Committee. He is a member of NAFSA:AIE and serves as Chair of NAFSA Region X, NY and NJ, for the 2008 calendar year.
Pasquill has served in numerous civic organizations, many associated with his children's sports activities most recently as a baseball coach, and spent 9 years on the Village of Scotia Planning Board.
Pasquill and his wife, Elena, have five boys. Their oldest son recently received his MBA from UAlbany and their second son is currently a sophomore at UAlbany. The other three boys are still in secondary school.
Director, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Margaret (Peg) Reich has served as Director of International Student and Scholar Services since 2004. She earned a B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College (Michigan) in 1970 and a M.A. in Teaching from Northwestern University (Illinois) in 1971. She studied at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France) in 1968-69.
Having begun her career in education as an English teacher on the secondary level in Illinois and New Jersey, Peg then worked as an adviser to pre-health professions students at Rutgers University from 1976-79. She came to the University at Albany and served as an academic adviser in the Center for Undergraduate Education from 1980-85. After a brief stint teaching English as a Second Language at Union College and with the Literacy Volunteers program, Peg returned to the University at Albany as Assistant to the Director in the Office of International Programs (now Study Abroad and Exchanges) from 1998-2004. In that position her responsibilities included handling the applications of incoming exchange students and advising American students about study abroad opportunities in South Africa, Norway and Sweden.
Peg has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe and in the summer of 1975 she escorted a student group to Montpellier, France. She lived in Geneva, Switzerland, for a year in 1985-86. Peg has also visited Mexico, Morocco, South Africa and Ghana.
Peg is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and regularly attends regional and national conferences to stay abreast of changes governing the activities of international students and scholars in the U.S. She has a special interest in Africa and is co-chair of UAlbany’s Africa Consortium. She and her husband live in Schenectady and have one son.
Director, Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
Linda Leary earned a B.A. in Education from SUNY Cortland and a M.A. in Reading from UAlbany in 1985. Linda began working at IELP as Assistant to the Director, Dr. Susan Losee in 1982. The IELP began in 1978 as a summer program for the purpose of improving the English language skills of those for whom English is a second language. It became year-round beginning in 1980. In 1990, Linda became Assistant Director of the program. In 2000 she was appointed Interim Director, and subsequently she was confirmed as Director. She has also taught classes in the IELP.
The IELP has grown from an initial enrollment of only 12 students to its present enrollment of 100 students. In addition to the day-to-day operations of the regular 16-week spring and fall semesters and an 8-week summer session, Linda administers various short courses and the SPEAK test evaluation.
The duties of administering the IELP include reviewing and processing applications, orienting new students, keeping up with immigration/visa regulations, creating SEVIS records (Student Exchange Visitor Information System), and assisting students with cultural, personal, and academic adjustment. Linda works closely with other departments and units on campus, such as, Admissions, Residential Life and the Health Center.
Prior to her twenty-six year long career in the IELP, Linda served as a teacher in the Shenendehowa School District in Clifton Park, NY. Linda and her family live in Guilderland, NY.
“I’m extremely lucky to work with great people and to be able to meet so many interesting students each semester. I really enjoy hearing from former students who always have very fond memories of their time at IELP!”
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