Our Services​

Gateway Executive Search specializes in supporting colleges, universities, companies, and associations seeking highly professional and experienced leaders engaged at all levels of the international education profession. We further specialize in navigating the complexities of international hires and visa/immigration regulations.

We offer affordable and highly flexible services with both senior-level and mid-level executive searches and provide support to institutions seeking interim leadership. Gateway can also offer consultation on client-directed searches, wherein we provide guidance, advice and recommendations at key junctures common to most international higher education searches.

Filling senior leadership positions in international education can be challenging. Let Gateway Executive Search help you find leaders with the experience and vision needed to further shape the scope and direction of your comprehensive internationalization efforts. Whether your strengths lie in international research and engagement, international student and scholar mobility, or international partnerships and linkages, Gateway can present you with the talent needed to shape and manage the next stage of your international strategy.  Gateway will assign a senior search consultant to customize searches to your needs. We will source, screen, and shortlist potential candidates from a diverse pool of highly professional, knowledgeable, and skilled international education practitioners.  Our team will provide ongoing support to clients and candidates to ensure a successful hiring and transition process.

Mid-career professionals have a critical role to play in the day-to-day success of any international education operation, especially in periods of transition and change. Gateway has access to myriad professional organizations, associations, and a global pool of diverse mid-career professionals we leverage to identify and recruit talent in all areas of international education, including education abroad, international student and scholar services, international admissions and recruitment, international partnerships and linkages, and English language programming.

Gateway is also well-positioned to offer consultation services necessary to ensure the success of searches being independently conducted. Our team of highly experienced international educators can assist you with identifying and recruiting the best international education talent possible.

Our support can include, for example, drafting position descriptions based on professional competencies, preparing search committees with knowledge of industry expectations, determining competitive salary scales and benefit packages, assisting with targeted promotion and diverse applicant generation, and much more. We can also provide support and assistance with hiring employees from abroad or in-country. Let Gateway help you find the best person for your job.

Although client-directed search support is fully customizable, the following are three scaffolding packages that have been designed to affordably enhance most any international education search.

Search Resource

Let us serve as your search resource by providing assistance with:
  • Drafting a position description
  • Determining minimum candidate credentials
  • Determining a competitive salary range
  • Preparing your search committee
  • Selecting appropriate advertising venues
  • Disseminating an appointment announcement
  • Position featured on the Gateway website

Search Support

Let us support your search by providing assistance with:
  • Search Resource Services Included
  • Circulating the position announcement to appropriate venues
  • Posting the announcement across strategic recruitment venues
  • Featuring the position in the monthly Gateway Edge newsletter
  • Providing ongoing assistance and guidance to the search committee
  • Generating interview questions and an interview script
  • Position featured on the Gateway website

Search Advocacy

Let us be your search advocate by providing assistance with:
  • Search Resource & Search Support Services Included
  • Enhancing efforts with recruiting a diverse applicant pool
  • Targeting individualized applicant recruitment
  • Managing general client communication (e.g., notices, updates, etc.)
  • Assisting with initial applicant review and screening
  • Assisting with scheduling and coordinating interviews
  • Observing applicant interviews and providing clarification as needed
  • Position featured on the Gateway website and in Gateway Edge monthly newsletter

If your institution is in transition and needing assistance to support operational continuity and excellence, an interim leadership placement may be the best solution. Gateway can assess your staffing needs and serve as your partner in identifying and placing experienced professionals as interim leaders to provide immediate expertise and staffing continuity. Interim leaders are hired directly by the client institution for short-term assignments.

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Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training