Executive Search Announcement

Gateway International Search assists the University of Tulsa in recruiting Dr. Vivian Wang as Vice Provost for Global Engagement.

Following an extensive international search that included a highly competitive pool, we are pleased to announce the recruitment of Dr. Vivian Wang as the next vice provost for global engagement at the University of Tulsa. She will begin her new position on September 1, 2022. Reporting to Provost George Justice, Vivian will lead and manage the daily operations of the Center for Global Engagement and International Student and Scholar Services, and provide direction and strategic leadership in the internationalization of the campus.

Vivian most recently served as director of global partnerships in the School of Global Studies and Partnerships at Oklahoma State University. She earned her bachelor’s in English education at Shanghai Normal University, followed by a master’s in educational leadership studies at Oklahoma State and a doctorate in public policy and educational leadership studies, also at OSU. Vivian has extensive experience recruiting international students, establishing dual-degree programs, collaborating with faculty, and possesses a strong vision for internationalization.

The University of Tulsa is an independent, non-denominational co-ed university, a top-rated research institution welcoming 3,837 students (in 2021-22) from many different faiths and countries. Its unique undergraduate and graduate programs have attracted international students from 43 countries. Under the leadership of President Brad R. Carson and Provost George Justice, TU aims to become the best university between the Rockies and the Mississippi.

Gateway Executive Search provides customized executive search services to institutions and organizations seeking highly professional and skilled practitioners to lead their internationalization goals. Executive search consultants are themselves professional international educators, with extensive networks through which to identify and recruit diverse talent.

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.

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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.

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