Our leadership team

  • Alex Ezat Parnia, Ph.D.


    Dr. Parnia has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration and he has served at the University of Hartford, Cambridge College, Nichols College, and Pacific Oaks College as faculty, Campus Dean, Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment, Executive Vice President, Provost, and President. Dr. Parnia’s academic and operational expertise spans a variety of higher education environments. He is active in CIC, ACE, and AGB and has been a Consultant-Evaluator for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • May Arthur

    Executive Vice President, Partnership Development

    May Arthur has spent the last 22 years of her professional career dedicated to serving international students. Her commitment to advancing international education in the US can be seen through her involvement with NAFSA, her most recent election to NAFSA as the Eastern Massachusetts Representative for Region XI, and through her past service on English USA’s Executive Board as Vice President of Outreach (2002-2004), Vice President of Standards (2004-2006), and President (2008-2011).

  • Dawn Sherman, Ed.D.

    Vice President of Academics and Operations

    Dr. Sherman has over 25 years of experience in higher education serving in various academic and student affairs leadership roles for institutions including Nichols College, American International College, Bryant University, and Auburn Global at Auburn University in Alabama. Dr. Sherman led the development of a new private-public enterprise of 800+ students and 70 staff within its first year. She co-created dozens of new and expanded degree programs, and developed onsite certificate and degree programs at corporations. Dr. Sherman has also been an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

  • Jason Hall

    Director of Recruitment and Marketing

    Jason Hall has 17 years of experience in international student recruitment and marketing. He has held positions with a number of international pathway providers, serving at multiple American universities to recruit for pathway, English, and academic programs. Jason has networked with a vast number of agents and counsellors for U.S. higher education and has also presented at several educational conferences including AIRC, NACAC, NAFSA, and EducationUSA. Jason most recently served as president of BrighterED, an international marketing and recruitment company which he founded in 2016.

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