Advisory Board

  • Robert Chernak

    Robert Chernak

    Robert Chernak has held senior administrative and academic positions at George Washington University for more than 24 years. He was Senior Vice Provost and Senior Vice President Emeritus for students and academic support services, which included oversight of undergraduate admissions, student financial assistance, athletics and recreation, Dean of students, SASS communications and technology, partner services, and student life departments. He regularly teaches higher education assessment, student affairs program management and evaluation, and executive decision making courses for the Higher Education Administration Program.

  • Nick Rhodes

    Nick Rhodes

    With over 35 years’ experience in the international education sector, Nick Rhodes has occupied a range of roles at senior management level in both the public (university) and commercial sectors. He was formerly University Partnership Director at Study Group, a global leader in academic pathway provision in alliances with internationally-focused universities. Prior to this, he was Managing Director North America and China and Strategic Development Director, in which role he led Study Group’s development of the university campus pathways model (International Study Centers) across the UK, US, Canada, Australasia and China.

  • Fred Siegel

    Fred Siegel

    Fred Siegel has had three decades of experience in student services and enrollment, including 12 successful years at Boston University. In 2011 he was named the Vice Provost for student and enrollment services and Dean of students at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). He is the former Associate Provost and Associate Vice President at the University of Delaware. He also served at The George Washington University as Assistant Vice President for enrollment management and Director of Admissions, improving the quality and quantity of applicants and doubled the number of applications.

  • Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

    Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

    Stephen Joel Trachtenberg holds 22 honorary doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Laws from Columbia University. Currently a Partner at Rimon Law, he works in the International, Universities and Endowments client sectors. He served as George Washington University’s 15th president from 1988 to 2007, and was President of the University of Hartford for 11 years, as well as Vice President for Academic Services and Academic Dean at Boston University. In addition, he was the Special Assistant to the US Education Commissioner, and served on the DC Mayor’s Transition team. He has chaired the DC Chamber of Commerce and served on other boards, including the National Board of Trade and the Federal City Council, the Board of the Loctite Corporation, MNC and Riggs Bank. He has also served on the CNO Executive Panel and The White House Fellows Selection Panel.

  • Dr. Deborah Freund

    Dr. Deborah Freund

    Dr. Deborah Freund is a highly regarded higher education leader who is credited with pioneering research and other strategic accomplishments in the healthcare sector throughout the U.S., Australia, Europe and Canada. She is also a highly experienced board member, working to improve the health care system. In higher education, she is noted for boosting graduation rates, diversifying student enrollment, raising over $100 million in grant funds for health research and a similar amount in philanthropic dollars for the universities for which she has been affiliated. Dr. Freund has served as President of Claremont Graduate University, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at Syracuse University, and Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University. Dr. Freund currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cedars Sinai Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, San Antonio Regional Hospital, and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER).

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