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Global ambassadors


Winter 2017

The NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group was launched as a pilot program in 2015–16 to focus specifically on international student and global education resources and best practices. This year, the NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group continues, with a new cohort of practitioners from NAIS-member schools who will advise NAIS on international student programs, trends, current and emerging markets, and challenges and opportunities. This group will also assist NAIS with creating resources for member day and boarding schools, as well as advocating for international students within the framework of 21st-century learning and teaching.

Members of the advisory group are passionate about global education as well as the role that international students play in independent schools. They have vast experience working with and advising international students and are knowledgeable on a variety of topics. The new cohort members are:

  • Joshua Clark, director of admissions and principal designated school official (PDSO), Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (Hawai‘i);
  • Randy Doss, director of admission and enrollment, and PDSO, Greensboro Day School (North Carolina);
  • Katharine McBride, designated school official, Beaufort Academy (South Carolina);
  • Kevin Merges, executive director of global education programs, director of the innovation center and PDSO, Rutgers Preparatory School (New Jersey);
  • Jennifer O’Connor, director of international student services and PDSO, Lawrence Academy (Massachusetts); and
  • Jennifer Smith, international student coordinator and PDSO, Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire).

This academic year, the group will mainly focus on three key issues: recruitment, admissions, and enrollment; SEVIS and F1 Visa regulations; and homestay or residential life programs and international student support.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in the future, contact Ioana Wheeler, NAIS director of global initiatives, at

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