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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on international higher education around the world. Emerging developments point to the beginning of a new era for international higher education, one that is challenging institutions to reexamine well-established practices, reframe priorities, and reorganize to pursue emerging opportunities. Experienced leadership is needed to transform immediate challenges into opportunities that broaden the scope and re-emphasize the value of international education. This will require significant expertise, extensive professional knowledge and innovative thinking. At Gateway Executive Search, we understand the changing nature of international higher education and can help you navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead in this new era.

Let Gateway Executive Search support you by identifying exceptional individuals exemplifying next generation leadership in international education.

Gateway Executive Search is the only executive search firm distinguished by its expertise in international higher education and its understanding of the broad issues facing the profession. Our search consultants have expertise in all aspects of international higher education, including, for example, education abroad programming and practice, international student and scholar services, enrollment management and recruitment, international partnerships and linkages, online and distance education, international risk management, English language programming, etc. Gateway search consultants understand what is needed, how to build, how to lead, how to collaborate and how to innovate and change. The international education space is complex, made only more challenging by the pandemic, by tight budgets, and by shifting institutional priorities and strategies. Let us be your partner as you look for the leadership you need.

Next Generation International Education Leadership

International education has emerged in the last three decades as a distinct profession with identifiable professional competencies, research, and recognized degrees in international higher education. At Gateway, we understand what is needed in our international education leaders.

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.

Senior Level Executive Search

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 Level Executive Search

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.

Client-Directed Search Support

Gateway also offers consultation services on client-directed searches, providing guidance, advice and recommendations on your international education searches. Support can take the form of preparing robust and attractive position descriptions, search committee preparation, determining competitive salary scales and benefits packages, establishing search criteria, or assisting with credentials evaluation. We can also provide support and assistance with hiring employees from abroad or in-country.

Interim Leadership

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.

Our Practice Areas

Executives directing international offices at institutions and organizations around the world are a diverse group of professionals with myriad backgrounds, academic specializations, and titles, who play a vital role in leading comprehensive internationalization efforts. At Gateway, we have the expertise to find experienced and knowledgeable leaders to support every aspect of your international strategy.  Our search focus includes positions such as the following:


Associate Provost of Global Learning
Dean of International Programs
Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Vice Provost of Global Affairs



Director of English Language Center
Director of Immigration Services (DSO)
Director of International Students and Scholars/PDSO
Director of ISSS Student Advising Services



Director of International Admissions
Director of International Student Recruitment
Director of International Student Recruitment
Director of International Marketing
Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management



Associate Dean of International and Off-Campus Programs
Director of Education Abroad

Director of International Programs



Director of International Advancement
Director of International Exchanges and Partnerships



Center Director (International)
Director of Institutional Relations
Director of International Finance and Operations
Director of International Health & Safety
Director of Technology
International Marketing Director
Senior Director of Academic Affairs and Strategy

The Gateway Difference

Gateway has developed a five-step search process to successfully identify international education leaders who thrive at the institutions and organizations they serve. Each step provides a framework for an intentional search that is attuned to the needs of the client and to the marketplace of candidates, beginning with the assignment of a senior search consultant who will serve as your contact throughout the search.

Gateway is committed to partnering with our clients throughout the entirety of the search process. For executive searches, we will spend time with our clients meeting with all key stakeholders to the extent possible. For all searches we conduct, our aim is to understand your international strategy and staffing needs to design a customized search in alignment with the search committee’s specific charge and timeline. The assessment will be the basis for the institutional profile that will become the policy document for the search.

Gateway will draw on our professional international education network around the world to identify and recruit highly professional, diverse and accomplished candidates, including those who are not currently looking for positions and candidates with strong ties to the client institution.

Critical to the process that leads to the identification and interviewing of semi-finalists, Gateway engages in careful review of résumés, degree verification, and extensive interviewing before presenting applicants to the search committee for consideration. Gateway will prepare search committees as needed. Gateway can provide recommendations for interview formats and will provide a slate of interview questions.

Gateway adheres to a “no surprise” rule in our approach to due diligence throughout the referencing process. With candidate permission, we personally contact listed and non-listed references. Gateway can also arrange for criminal background checks and professional screening.
Gateway’s support does not end when a final candidate is selected. Rather, we work closely throughout the hiring and appointment processes to provide ongoing support to our clients as needed. We want to ensure a successful hire and transition, all with an eye toward talent retention and success. Gateway pledges to stay in touch with both the client institution and the successful candidate for at least a year beyond appointment to ensure that concerns are being communicated and expectations met.

Gateway's Diversity Promise

Gateway Executive Search is dedicated to the principles of diversity and inclusion and will prioritize the presentation of diverse candidates in its searches.  Our commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the international higher education space means that: we cultivate relationships with talent development programs in our field; we connect with networks for diverse professionals; and we incorporate tailored recruitment plans to identify the best sources of diverse candidates for specific jobs. Gateway strongly supports all activities related to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. Furthermore, we will actively recruit and refer all qualified candidates without regard to age, sex, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran status. 

Our Affiliate Organization

Gateway Executive Search is pleased to affiliate with Harris Search Associates, a leading global executive search and advisory firm and member of IIC Partners, one of the largest retained executive search organizations with 40 offices and 450 consultants in 34 countries worldwide.

Harris Search Associates is focused on higher education executive searches in the areas of research, science, engineering, technology, academic medicine, and healthcare administration. Clients include preeminent universities, medical schools, academic medical centers, research institutes, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery.

Harris Search Associates brings over 25 years of excellence in higher education executive search services that is complemented by Gateway’s expertise in international education.

Our Team

Gateway Executive Search brings depth and breadth of experience to executive search because of our people. Led by Drs. Anthony C. Ogden and Catherine H. Winnie, Gateway retains a team of executive search consultants, themselves professional international educators, with extensive networks through which to identify and recruit diverse talent.

Dr. Harvey Charles

Senior Search Consultant
Dr. Harvey Charles is a well-known and highly-respect international education leader. He has held Senior International Officer positions at the University at Albany, Northern Arizona University, San Francisco State University, Wheaton College and Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Rajika Bhandari

Senior Search Consultant
A scholar-practitioner in international higher education, Dr. Rajika Bhandari applies her expertise in educational research; monitoring and evaluation; and thought leadership strategy to help mission-driven organizations identify evidence-based solutions.

Dr. Catherine Hutchison Winnie

Senior Search Consultant
Dr. Catherine Hutchison Winnie is a respected international educator with 30 years of experience creating successful international offices for U.S. universities. She has built or re-shaped international operations at Smith College, Yale University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Tom Bogenschild

Advisory Consultant
Dr. Thomas Bogenschild is a senior leader in international education with broad expertise and experience. He has held senior leadership positions at Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, Princeton University, Notre Dame University, and Vanderbilt University, among others.

Dr. Kalpen Trivedi

Advisory Consultant
Dr. Kalpen Trivedi is a recognized leader in international higher education with nearly two decades of experience in the U.S. public university sector. He has held senior international leadership positions at the University of Georgia and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Donna Anderson

Advisory Consultant
Dr. Donna Anderson is a Senior International Officer with more than 20 years’ experience leading comprehensive internationalization in higher education. She has held senior leadership positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Montana.

Our Clients

Gateway Executive Search is distinguished by its expertise in international higher education and its understanding of the broad issues facing the profession. Our clients include colleges and universities around the world, as well as education abroad provider organizations, professional associations and nonprofit organizations committed to international education. Let us support you by identifying exceptional individuals exemplifying next generation leadership in international education.

Our Costs

Gateway understands the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on institutions and organizations around the world and as such, prioritizes efficiency and affordability in our executive search services. Our prices are flexible and customizable, generally determined on a negotiated flat fee or percentage tied to the starting salary of the successful candidate. Gateway is prepared to navigate future uncertainties in higher education in partnership with our clients and be as flexible as possible in the best interests of our partnerships.

The Gateway Pledge

Gateway International Group has made the commitment to allocate 5% of all revenue to support traditionally underrepresented student participation in international learning and engagement. We have designated the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as a recipient of funds gathered through Gateway Executive Search. FEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented in U.S. education abroad.

Prospective Candidates

Let us help you advance your career in international higher education. Gateway Executive Search invites job seekers to contact us.


Please also see Gateway Resources for current searches, recent appointments, and job boards in international higher education.


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Harvey Charles


Dr. Harvey Charles currently serves as Professor of International Education at the University at Albany, SUNY after having served the institution as Dean and Vice Provost for International Education. Prior to joining the University at Albany, Charles served as Senior International Officer at a number of institutions around the US, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Wheaton College, Northern Arizona University and San Francisco State University. Charles’ contribution to the field of international education includes serving as President of the Association of International Education Administrators, the leading association worldwide for university leaders of international higher education. He is also co-editor of Leading Internationalization and the 2 nd volume of the Stylus Handbook of International Higher Education. Apart from his deep administrative experience, Charles has published on issues including leadership in international higher education, global learning, internationalizing the curriculum and comprehensive internationalization. He serves on a number of boards in the US and abroad, frequently consults with colleges and universities seeking to advance the internationalization agenda, gives keynote addresses on international education issues, and mentors a number of young professionals in the field.


Search area expertise:

    – Senior International Officer 

    – International Student & Scholar Services 

    – Education Abroad

Rajika Bhandari


Dr. Rajika Bhandari is President and CEO of the IC3 (International Career and College Counseling) Institute. A scholar-practitioner in international higher education, Rajika has over twenty years of executive and management experience in student mobility research and data-driven insights; monitoring, evaluation, and impact studies of international education programs; and shaping thought leadership strategy in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors. Rajika previously held senior roles at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for over a decade, including leading the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates/RTI; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Rajika’s areas of regional expertise include the U.S. and India, with a focus on Indo-U.S. educational exchanges and higher education internationalization in India. She is a widely published author, including of six books, and speaks frequently on issues such as global talent flows; access and equity in education; women and education; and educational and cultural diplomacy. A past international student herself, Rajika holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology (Honors) from the University of Delhi and graduate degrees in Psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S.



Search area expertise:
    – International Partnerships & Linkages

    – International Operations and Provider/Company Positions

    – International Enrollment Management

Catherine Winnie


Dr. Catherine Winnie is an international education leader with over 30 years of experience in higher education. She has built or re-shaped offices of international education at Smith, Yale, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Southern Methodist University. Dr. Winnie has expertise in a variety of areas, including Education Abroad, International Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Program Design and Management, Grants and Fellowships, and Recruitment, Hiring, Team-Building, and Career Development.


She has worked with administrators, faculty, and staff to create and expand education abroad opportunities and establish sustainable international partnerships. Dr. Winnie is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad, and Diversity Abroad and has served on boards of many study abroad organizations.


Dr. Winnie holds the B.A. in Comparative Literature from Swarthmore College, and the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She received the DAAD grant for research in Berlin, lived in France, Germany and Colombia, and speaks French, German and Spanish.  She and her partner are parents to two adopted Ethiopian daughters and a son. Her commitment to racial justice is deeply personal and informed by years of experience recruiting and mentoring staff and students of diverse backgrounds.


Search area expertise:

    – Education Abroad
    – International Partnerships & Linkages
    – International Operations and Provider/Company Positions

Thomas Bogenschild


Dr. Thomas Bogenschild has worked as an international educator for more than three decades. He was trained as a cultural anthropologist at Occidental College and the University of Chicago, with additional postgraduate training in social and intellectual history, and political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds an A.B. and an A.M. in cultural anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies. He is an experienced teacher and administrator, holding senior positions in international education at a variety of institutions including Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Notre Dame, New Mexico, Vanderbilt, and the Naval Postgraduate School, among others. 


He is an experienced consultant and reviewer, serving public and private institutions and government agencies including the U.S. Departments of Education and State. He has worked professionally on 5 continents, and sustains research interests in Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, Central Asia, and Africa, and Australia. He is active in various professional organizations, and has served as Chair of the Public Policy Advocacy Committee for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) for the past 6 years. Special interests include public policy in international education, ethical management, cultural and intercultural theory, globalization, and experiential pedagogies.


Search area expertise:

    – Education Abroad

    – International Partnerships & Linkages

    – International Operations and Provider/Company Positions

Kalpen Trivedi


Kalpen Trivedi is Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the land grant flagship campus of the Commonwealth. He is responsible for the leadership of campus-wide initiatives for global engagement and exercises operational and strategic oversight of the International Programs Office (Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, International Partnerships, and Travel Health and Safety). Trivedi served previously as the Director of Education Abroad at UMass Amherst and prior to that, Director of the University of Georgia’s Center and programs in Oxford, U.K. He has more than seventeen years of experience in international education with special interests in program design and evaluation, international health and safety, and managing global partnerships.

Trivedi is a regular contributor on current topics in international education in forums such as NAFSA, AIEA, and the Forum on Education Abroad. Recognized as an AIEA Presidential Fellow for 2019-20, Trivedi serves on NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community as Symposium & Training Lead, as well as being a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. He has previously served as steering committee member and Vice-Chair of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Academia Working Group. He was a charter member of Arcadia University’s Guild for Global Education and is an advisory board member with Academic Programs International (Austin, TX).


Trivedi was educated in India and the U.K, and holds degrees from Gujarat University, Oxford University (Radhakrishnan Scholar) and Cambridge University (Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar). He has a doctorate in Medieval Literature from the University of Manchester (University Research Scholar) and has held a Mellon Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.


Search area expertise:

    – Senior International Officer

    – Education Abroad

    – International Enrollment Management

    – Global Operations & International Risk Management

Donna Anderson


Dr. Donna Anderson is an international education administrator with over 20 years of experience in international higher education. She has held senior leadership positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Montana. Dr. Anderson has provided leadership in the areas of Education Abroad, International Partnerships and Agreements, International Student and Scholar Services, Intensive English Language Programs, and International Student Recruitment. 


She has worked with administrators, faculty, and staff to create global opportunities; expand international components of teaching, research, and engagement activities; recruit and support international students and scholars; provide education abroad opportunities; and facilitate development of international partnerships. Dr. Anderson’s major research interests include the areas of international student identity development, and diversity, equity and inclusion in international education. Her most recent publication appears in the Journal of International Students. Dr. Anderson is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). She has been a frequent presenter at NAFSA state and regional conferences. 


Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in German and Sociology from Luther College, a master’s degree in Education from Loras College, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University-Fort Collins.


Search area expertise: 

    – Senior International Officer

    – Education Abroad

    – International Student & Scholar Services