Gateway Executive Search

The Search

Gateway Executive Search is partnering with Trinity College to identify a Senior Director of Global Engagement. The ideal candidate will be an energetic and innovative leader who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of international education. The senior director will be highly strategic and mission-driven, with a record of success in fostering student, faculty, and staff engagement in global projects and programs. With primary responsibility for Trinity’s global programs as well as the budgets and staff of the Office of Study Away, the senior director will be solutions-oriented and adept at data-informed planning and decision-making. The incoming senior director has the opportunity to shape the global vision of Trinity College.

Key Opportunity

The Senior Director of Global Engagement will lead the effort to design a distinctive global education at one of the country’s only selective liberal arts colleges in an urban setting, preparing students for life after college. The senior director will build on a rich history of global programming, Trinity’s location in a culturally vibrant city, and outstanding liberal arts faculty. The College’s commitment to a global vision of learning is key to its strategic plan, and the senior director will be charged with bringing life to this institutional goal. Under the Senior Director of Global Engagement, the Office of Study Away should become known for providing innovative global experiences and learning opportunities to liberal arts students. The senior director must be passionate about empowering students from all backgrounds and disciplines. Through short-term programs, international partnerships, and new opportunities, the senior director will collaborate closely with faculty to integrate off-campus programs and initiatives into the newly adopted Trinity Plus Curriculum.

Trinity College

The mission of Trinity College is to prepare students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

Trinity is a highly selective, independent, non-sectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1823 as the first Episcopal college in New England, today it is one of the most selective colleges in the United States. In 2022 U.S. News and World Report ranked Trinity 39th in national liberal arts colleges with a 38% acceptance rate. With more than 2,000 full-time undergraduate students and over 90 graduate students, Trinity College maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. The student-faculty ratio at Trinity is 9:1, and 71% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

The student body and faculty comprise a diverse community. Trinity’s student body consists of students from 85 countries and 49 states; 23 percent are students of color, 17 percent first-generation college students, and 15 percent Pell Grant recipients. International students comprise 14 percent of the student body, with China, India, Egypt, Vietnam, and Canada the top five countries represented.

Trinity College employs 271 faculty, and 17% of tenure-line faculty are international. Twenty-nine percent of tenure-line faculty are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. As a result of recent hiring initiatives, Trinity has increased substantially the number of BIPOC tenure-line faculty and staff. Trinity’s faculty are widely known as dedicated teacher-scholars, who frequently earn national and international recognition.

The College is led by Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity’s first woman and first African-American President. Under Berger-Sweeney’s leadership, Trinity College has increased access and improved student outcomes, focused on offering a relevant liberal arts education that serves the public good. Financial aid and student retention rates (91 percent) have increased. Likewise, post-graduation career success rates have risen, with 97 percent of the Class of 2021 employed, in graduate school, or engaged in full-time military or public service within six months of graduating.

Starting in May 2023, Trinity College will be celebrating its Bicentennial, honoring People, Places and the Liberal Arts. This is an exciting time to join a community that is building proudly on its history and is energized by its future. Trinity’s extended community includes an impressive global network of alumni who support today’s students and the academic enterprise. The story of Trinity College’s past and its enduring strength is one of resilience and innovation in service to its mission and values as a leading liberal arts institution.

Local and Global Engagement

Trinity College’s location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city is considered one of its most distinctive assets. Trinity is characterized by its strong connections with surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region; it has a long history of community-engaged learning, often connecting students to international communities in Hartford. Trinity’s Watkinson Library, housing rare books and special collections, also works actively to archive work of transnational and global significance.

Trinity’s urban and global commitments are evident in several of its academic centers, which serve as intellectual hubs. These include the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS), the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER), and the Center for Caribbean Studies. These initiatives are complemented by the interdisciplinary arts at Trinity, which produce two widely acclaimed annual festivals with a global focus: the International Hip-Hop Festival and Samba Fest. Not surprisingly, in recent years, Trinity has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbrights, both of U.S. students and U.S. scholars.

Integral to Trinity’s global commitment is the beloved Rome campus, which is now in its 53rd year. The campus is ably led by Dr. Stephen Marth and a team of dedicated staff. Numerous opportunities exist to strengthen the ties between Trinity in Hartford and Trinity in Rome. Increasing the national visibility of Trinity in Rome for all liberal arts students is in fact a strategic goal of Trinity College.

The Trinity Plus curriculum now combines the power of the liberal arts with an array of co-curricular experiences. As the College continues to implement this curriculum, there is a charge to develop immersive short-term global programs during the January Term. Raising funds to ensure that all Trinity students can participate in short-term global programs is a priority of the current comprehensive campaign. Faculty are also designing Experiential Certificates, including in Language and Culture Studies, which lend themselves to new integrated global offerings.

On the eve of its Bicentennial, Trinity College is well poised to become a leader in providing students with globally engaged learning experiences.

For more information about Trinity College, visit https://www.trincoll.edu/

Senior Director of Global Engagement

Trinity College​

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

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.