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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.
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.
Michael Elliott is the new Director of International Student and Scholar Services. He joined UAlbany at the beginning of August, 2014. Michael replaces Margaret (Peg) Reich, who retired September 1st . Before joining UAlbany, Michael served for five years as ISSS Director at the University of Denver and for seven years as ISSS Director at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Michael holds a BA in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MA in International Affairs and Development from Ohio University, and an MEd in International Education from Ohio University. He is a PhD candidate in Leadership Studies at North Carolina A&T State University. He has also served in the Peace Corps in Kenya and has worked for USAID in South Africa and in Washington DC.
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.