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Harvey Charles

Harvey Charles
Dean and Vice Provost for International Education

Harvey came to UAlbany from Northern Arizona University where he served as vice provost for international initiatives and director of the Center for International Education. He has also served in senior international education leadership roles at Georgia Institute of Technology, San Francisco State University, Wheaton College and the University of Nevada, Reno.

He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Andrews University, and a B.A. in Business Administration from Caribbean Union College, Trinidad.

Harvey has also published a number of peer-reviewed articles among other publications and given many keynote speeches, conference presentations, and workshops on topics including comprehensive internationalization, global learning and internationalizing STEM education, both in the US and at venues around the world. He is Past President of the Association of International Education Administrators, the world’s only organization dedicated to the professional development of leaders in the field of international higher education, and he sits on a number of international education boards and advisory committees. Under Harvey’s leadership, Northern Arizona University won the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

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James Pasquill

James Pasquill
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 served 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.

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Margaret Reich

Michael Elliott
Director, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

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.

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Linda Leary

Linda Leary
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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