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Global reach  - global impact

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INTO University Partnerships is an independent organization focused on expanding higher education opportunities for students worldwide.  Key to our mission is to help universities create a rich and globally diverse campus environment for teaching and learning, and to extend the global reach and impact of the university’s research and engagement.

Why we do what we do add

We believe in the power of education to change lives. We also believe that universities can achieve ambitious goals when supported by private sector resource. INTO serves as the critical bridge between students seeking higher education opportunities and universities who seek to internationalize their teaching, research and engagement around the world.  Through the power of partnerships, we are able to achieve ambitious goals that neither party could ever accomplish alone.

Our mission add

Through innovative partnerships with leading universities, we expand opportunities for higher education, ensuring success and transforming the lives of our students and staff.

The challenge add

Prospective international students lack sufficient information about, and access to, leading universities in English-speaking countries – especially those who are prepared to serve them well and help them realize their education aspirations.

Likewise, most universities lack the resources both to reach these students across more than 190 countries around the world and to serve the special needs of a substantial influx of international students to fully integrate them into the academic and social life of the university.

The role of INTO add

INTO University Partnerships helps its network of partner universities to

  • Extend their reach across every region of the world;
  • Create new or more effective administrative and academic support services for international students;
  • Add new faculty lines in high demand academic programs;
  • Build physical capacity in classrooms, offices, and residence halls to support significant enrollment growth;
  • Develop new programs to integrate international students more effectively into the academic community; and
  • Leverage the presence of greater numbers of international students for the benefit of domestic students, the community, the region, and the world.

The INTO story add

A pioneer in the field of international student preparation for study in English-speaking universities, INTO University Partnerships’ innovative joint venture model emerged from a collaboration in 2005 between then-Vice Chancellor Sir David Eastwood of the University of East Anglia and INTO’s co-founder Andrew Colin. Sir David’s ambitious plans for internationalization depended on first developing a globally diverse student body, but he recognized that a significant increase in international students was beyond the university’s ability to accomplish alone. By the same token, he was unwilling to outsource such a critical university goal, so deeply rooted in academic programs, to a commercial entity over which the university had no direct control.

Ultimately, Sir David and Andrew Colin set about designing a partnership in which the university could access private sector investment while retaining critical control over the university’s brand and its academic programs.

The result was the world’s first public-private partnership in higher education predicated on a joint venture model of shared mission, shared investment, shared risk, shared governance, and shared reward.

Global reach  - global impact

INTO University Partnerships is an independent organization focused on expanding higher education opportunities for students worldwide.  Key to our mission is to help universities create a rich and globally diverse campus environment for teaching and learning, and to extend the global reach and impact of the university’s research and engagement.

Why we do what we do add

We believe in the power of education to change lives. We also believe that universities can achieve ambitious goals when supported by private sector resource. INTO serves as the critical bridge between students seeking higher education opportunities and universities who seek to internationalize their teaching, research and engagement around the world.  Through the power of partnerships, we are able to achieve ambitious goals that neither party could ever accomplish alone.

Our mission add

Through innovative partnerships with leading universities, we expand opportunities for higher education, ensuring success and transforming the lives of our students and staff.

The challenge add

Prospective international students lack sufficient information about, and access to, leading universities in English-speaking countries – especially those who are prepared to serve them well and help them realize their education aspirations.

Likewise, most universities lack the resources both to reach these students across more than 190 countries around the world and to serve the special needs of a substantial influx of international students to fully integrate them into the academic and social life of the university.

The role of INTO add

INTO University Partnerships helps its network of partner universities to

  • Extend their reach across every region of the world;
  • Create new or more effective administrative and academic support services for international students;
  • Add new faculty lines in high demand academic programs;
  • Build physical capacity in classrooms, offices, and residence halls to support significant enrollment growth;
  • Develop new programs to integrate international students more effectively into the academic community; and
  • Leverage the presence of greater numbers of international students for the benefit of domestic students, the community, the region, and the world.

The INTO story add

A pioneer in the field of international student preparation for study in English-speaking universities, INTO University Partnerships’ innovative joint venture model emerged from a collaboration in 2005 between then-Vice Chancellor Sir David Eastwood of the University of East Anglia and INTO’s co-founder Andrew Colin. Sir David’s ambitious plans for internationalization depended on first developing a globally diverse student body, but he recognized that a significant increase in international students was beyond the university’s ability to accomplish alone. By the same token, he was unwilling to outsource such a critical university goal, so deeply rooted in academic programs, to a commercial entity over which the university had no direct control.

Ultimately, Sir David and Andrew Colin set about designing a partnership in which the university could access private sector investment while retaining critical control over the university’s brand and its academic programs.

The result was the world’s first public-private partnership in higher education predicated on a joint venture model of shared mission, shared investment, shared risk, shared governance, and shared reward.

Our people and organization add

INTO people are exceptional, multicultural, international and talented, with many decades of higher education and private sector experience. More than 1,800 INTO colleagues communicate in 20 or more languages, sharing a common purpose to build the world’s finest higher education public-private partnering organization.

Key to our diversity is the convergence of executives and advisors from leading academic and private sector organizations around the world. In short, we are our own public-private partnership.

Those organizations include: the University of Exeter, Yale University, University of Birmingham, Columbia University, University of East Anglia, University of Kansas, California State University system, University of Sheffield, the British Council, AT&T, MGM Studios, The Washington Post, Gartner Group, Pfizer, KPMG, Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells.

Leadership team add

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Andrew Colin

Founder and Owner
Andrew Colin is the founder/owner of INTO University Partnerships. He provides the leadership and vision which has helped INTO to develop partnerships with leading universities across three continents.

Andrew combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for education and international student mobility. 

Back in 1981, while studying law at the London School of Economics, Andrew launched his first company - providing Apple-sponsored computer courses for schoolchildren.  

In 1990, he founded and directed Study Group, which, under his leadership, became a major force in international pre-university education with centres established throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2005, Andrew founded INTO University Partnerships, with the aim of transforming the international student experience and helping leading internationally-focused universities to expand access and improve student mobility.

Since its establishment, INTO has delivered world-class educational experiences to international students through joint venture partnerships with leading universities across the UK, the US and China.

In May 2013, Andrew received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida in recognition of his contribution to international education.

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John Latham

Chief Executive Officer
John leads the strategic development of INTO and has a key focus on innovation and growth.

He has 17 years of Board level experience in universities, colleges and private education businesses as well as experience across the domestic, international, state-funded, for-profit and private equity sectors. 

John spent five years in management roles at the University of Manchester, eight years at the University of Liverpool (where he was their first COO), three years as CEO & principal of Cornwall College, five years as vice president, International Business Development at Laureate and the past two years as president and CEO of the University of Law.

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John Sykes

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President North America
John has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has a strong background in corporate finance.

As one of INTO’s founding directors, John has been a lynch-pin in the development of every Joint Venture.

After graduating from Brighton University, John joined leading accounting firm KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained significant experience in the corporate finance arena. John then joined a corporate finance practice in Sussex where he led many small- and medium-sized investments in London and the South East, eventually becoming a partner.

From 1995 to 2003, John was Finance Director of Study Group, where he formed a strong working relationship with founder Andrew Colin and played an instrumental role in growing the business, overseeing its acquisition by The Daily Mail Group in 1999, and helping to expand operations into Australia, the USA and Canada.

In 2006 John and Andrew established INTO University Partnerships. John has been a Director and Board Member of the company since inception. In 2012, John led a private placement process culminating in an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66 million in the group for a 25 per cent stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector.

John now focuses on driving business development and supporting operational leadership in order to guide the strategic direction of the company. He attributes INTO’s extraordinary growth trajectory and reputation for academic excellence to robust management, ongoing and substantial investment in learning centres, and a superior global sales and marketing infrastructure.

When he is not travelling to meet new partner institutions or visit INTO’s operations around the world, John lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex, with his wife Denise and three children Michael, George and Olivia.

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Steven Smale

Co-Founder & Chief Market Initiatives Officer
Steven is one of INTO’s founding directors and leads all student recruitment activity for the group.

Fluent in Chinese, Steven is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the management of large, distributed student recruitment networks. Under his leadership, INTO currently attracts more than 12,000 students per year from all over the world to our partners. 

As director of the Global Recruitment Unit, Steven oversees the activities of over 130 staff operating out of 31 regional offices in 17 countries – ensuring that students and their advisors receive outstanding service supported by customer-focused processes, all enabled by the latest technology.

His time as an international student in Taiwan in 1990 and his long experience of living and working in China gives him an unparalleled perspective of the support needed by young people studying far from home, as well as a deep awareness of the value of studying overseas – all of which, he says, are vital to him in his role today.

Steven has built his career in counselling international students and developing the systems, processes and management structures which enable institutions to recruit at scale and to deliver services and experiences which international students, their families and their representatives expect.

After university where he studied Chinese and German, Steven worked for the Anglo-Taiwan Education Centre in Taibei. There he honed his Chinese language skills and helped to establish a body to promote education in the UK that resulted in a transformation in the number of students travelling from Taiwan from 38 to 2,500 per year.

Since then he has held senior management roles within the British Council and with Study Group as their Regional Director for China before founding INTO with John Sykes and Andrew Colin.

Fundamental to his success, he says, has been a focus on being, “available on the spot on a day to day basis – as this is vital in order to develop a deep understanding of the market and establish strong relationships.”

His ambition? “Ultimately I want INTO and our partners to become completely synonymous with the world’s best student experience. I want us to become the benchmark by which others working in the recruitment and support of international students measure their performance.”

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Anmar Kawash

Group Chief Operating Officer & EVP UK
Anmar brings more than 20 years of financial and operational experience to INTO, having worked in the UK and the US for Fortune 500 and medium-sized companies across the investment banking and telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

He is an experienced  Chief Operating Officer (COO) with a proven operational track record of working across different cultures, countries and business models; a background in investment banking; and strong business development credentials.

Anmar;s most recent role was as founder, owner and Managing Director at Global Media Advisory - an executive advisory firm in the media, digital, telecom and technology space. During that period, he was board advisor and acting COO of a start-up technology company Byyd Tech (previously Adfonic), which operates in the fast-growing sector of mobile programmatic advertising.

Anmar also acted as strategic advisor at Wasserman Media Group, and chairman at DRG. Previous senior roles were as COO at STV Group plc and FBC Media and MD at Channel 4. He also held director roles at UBS and Verizon.

Anmar’s areas of specialism and experience are in operational turnaround and in managing growth in fast-growing sectors. Anmar holds an MBA from the American University, Washington DC and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, Boston MA.

Anmar is married with three children, holds both British and American citizenship and is fluent in Arabic. His hobbies are golf and swimming.

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Jon Holmes

Chief Financial Officer
Jon has over 20 years’ experience of leading strategic change, delivering operational excellence and building high performing teams.

Jon's most recent role was as Finance and Strategy Director at Virgin Holidays, where he led teams of up to 200. During his ten years with Virgin, Jon helped the company achieve record profits, supported the opening of over 100 new retail stores and facilitated the replacement of all major systems.

Prior to this, he worked as head of finance at TUI Travel, and from 1998 to 2004 was employed in a variety of roles at Avios, British Airways Plc, culminating in head of finance.

After gaining a First Class degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham, Jon trained with PWC and KPMG qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2012.

Jon’s strong international experience, particularly of the US market, will be very useful to him at INTO. “I really enjoy working in an entrepreneurial environment, and am happy to be working with everyone here to help INTO grow and flourish in such an exciting, fast-moving market,” he says. 

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Lorraine Slattery

Chief People Officer
Lorraine works with the HR team to ensure that we continue to put our people at the heart of everything we do as we grow and develop. She is also responsible for leading the INTO Giving team.

She joined INTO from Kuoni Global Travel Services, where she was senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Throughout her career, Lorraine has led on a variety of major change management, talent development and human resources information projects.

Lorraine holds an MA in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from Newnham College, Cambridge and is a highly skilled global HR and communications leader with extensive global experience, having lived in Europe and the United States and worked extensively across Asia and the Middle East. 

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Andy Fawcett

Chief Technology Officer
Andy is responsible for INTO’s technology and information systems.

He joined INTO from global education and publishing company Pearson where he was for five years responsible for the provision of technical solutions to deliver digital education products.

Prior to this, he was global chief information officer for Hays - a recruitment business with operations in over 30 countries. During his five years there, he set up a new digital channel for recruitment agents and introduced systems to enable the rapid expansion of their international operations. He also spent 10 years as a management consultant with the consulting company Accenture.

Andy’s educational background includes a Chemical Physics degree from the University of Bristol in the UK, an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in the United States and a selection of professional qualifications from the INSEAD business school in Paris. 

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Amy McGowan

Chief Operating Officer, North America
Amy was instrumental in the development of INTO’s first US partnership, INTO Oregon State University, serving as its first employee and later its center director.

Her career in international education began with teaching English as a Second Language in the US and Japan. Previously, she worked 10 years with Embassy CES, part of Study Group, serving as academic director, center director and west coast manager.

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Bridget White

Chief Operating Officer UK/Europe
Bridget has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector, and a strong background in management, leadership, international student services and welfare & international admissions.

Bridget has worked with INTO since 2005, during which time she has overseen the initial set up and implementation of the UK INTO centres, as well as the establishment of the Admissions and Application Processing functions in Brighton and San Diego.

Bridget has also acted as start-up director in the majority of INTO’s joint ventures and established the Student Services operation for INTO China. In addition, she has been heavily involved in setting up our immigration compliance function.  

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Jon Baskerville

General Counsel and Commercial Law Consultant
Having acted for INTO since its establishment in 2006, Jon joined INTO as General Counsel based in the Head Office where he continues to advise the company and works on the structuring and implementation of its joint ventures with its university partners.

Jon is an experienced corporate lawyer. Having trained and qualified with Lovells in London he spent 11 years in private practice specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and joint ventures.

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Sean Grant

Chief Commercial Officer

Sean is a student recruitment specialist with over 25 years' experience of the student market.

Sean spent the first fifteen years of his career at Hobsons, an education management organisation that helps universities and companies with their recruitment of students and graduates by providing research, software, exhibitions and advertising opportunities. Sean’s first role there was to sell advertising space to HR Directors and Graduate Recruitment Managers in the Hobsons' career guides that were distributed to universities across the UK. This was followed by a role managing the team that did this.

Sean became Publishing Director, Hobsons International Division, in 1996 where he launched the international division that saw Hobsons publish career and education titles in almost every country around the world.

In 1999, Sean became President of Hobsons USA, turning around that business by creating partnerships with government agencies, developing new software and publishing products as well as driving a results driven culture within his team.

Sean’s last role with Hobsons was as Managing Director, Europe, in 2002 to 2005. In this role he led the businesses in Germany and the UK. This included a research company and exhibitions business in Germany and a publishing business in the UK where he presided over the launch of their software and research businesses.

After 15 years at Hobsons, Sean left education to join Teletext Holidays as their Managing Director, Commercial Text, where he was responsible for a diverse range of businesses including betting, display advertising and telephony and launched teletextmoblie and teletextgames.

In 2007, Sean launched his own consultancy providing business consulting and sales and management training to organisations. He spent a lot of time working with clients such as NARIC (National Association for the Recognition of International Certificates) and Kings College London.

After 2 years, he then launched Boom Media, where he re-launched print magazines and launched digital magazines in UK and USA in the golf travel sector. The magazines were sold in 2012 and Sean spent a short time working in the oil sector before he decided it was time to return to the education market.

In 2014 Sean joined INTO, briefly as Group Strategic Projects Director, focusing on student marketing and university partner business development, before becoming Director of Recruitment Services, where he successfully led the Admissions, Enrolment Services, Digital, Email Marketing and Student Support functions which enrolled over 11,000 students during 2015 in the UK and achieved a 75 per cent growth for direct recruitment to our UK centres.

In October 2016, Sean became the Chief Commercial Officer with recruitment and marketing responsibilities for the group. His ambition is to set the standard for recruitment and marketing in the international education sector and believes that this can be achieved by embracing technology and digital.

Board of directors add

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Andrew Colin

Founder and Owner
Andrew Colin is the founder/owner of INTO University Partnerships. He provides the leadership and vision which has helped INTO to develop partnerships with leading universities across three continents.

Andrew combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for education and international student mobility. 

Back in 1981, while studying law at the London School of Economics, Andrew launched his first company - providing Apple-sponsored computer courses for schoolchildren.  

In 1990, he founded and directed Study Group, which, under his leadership, became a major force in international pre-university education with centres established throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2005, Andrew founded INTO University Partnerships, with the aim of transforming the international student experience and helping leading internationally-focused universities to expand access and improve student mobility.

Since its establishment, INTO has delivered world-class educational experiences to international students through joint venture partnerships with leading universities across the UK, the US and China.

In May 2013, Andrew received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida in recognition of his contribution to international education.

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John Latham

Chief Executive Officer
John leads the strategic development of INTO and has a key focus on innovation and growth.

He has 17 years of Board level experience in universities, colleges and private education businesses as well as experience across the domestic, international, state-funded, for-profit and private equity sectors. 

John spent five years in management roles at the University of Manchester, eight years at the University of Liverpool (where he was their first COO), three years as CEO & principal of Cornwall College, five years as vice president, International Business Development at Laureate and the past two years as president and CEO of the University of Law.

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John Sykes

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President North America
John has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has a strong background in corporate finance.

As one of INTO’s founding directors, John has been a lynch-pin in the development of every Joint Venture.

After graduating from Brighton University, John joined leading accounting firm KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained significant experience in the corporate finance arena. John then joined a corporate finance practice in Sussex where he led many small- and medium-sized investments in London and the South East, eventually becoming a partner.

From 1995 to 2003, John was Finance Director of Study Group, where he formed a strong working relationship with founder Andrew Colin and played an instrumental role in growing the business, overseeing its acquisition by The Daily Mail Group in 1999, and helping to expand operations into Australia, the USA and Canada.

In 2006 John and Andrew established INTO University Partnerships. John has been a Director and Board Member of the company since inception. In 2012, John led a private placement process culminating in an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66 million in the group for a 25 per cent stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector.

John now focuses on driving business development and supporting operational leadership in order to guide the strategic direction of the company. He attributes INTO’s extraordinary growth trajectory and reputation for academic excellence to robust management, ongoing and substantial investment in learning centres, and a superior global sales and marketing infrastructure.

When he is not travelling to meet new partner institutions or visit INTO’s operations around the world, John lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex, with his wife Denise and three children Michael, George and Olivia.

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Steven Smale

Co-Founder & Chief Market Initiatives Officer
Steven is one of INTO’s founding directors and leads all student recruitment activity for the group.

Fluent in Chinese, Steven is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the management of large, distributed student recruitment networks. Under his leadership, INTO currently attracts more than 12,000 students per year from all over the world to our partners. 

As director of the Global Recruitment Unit, Steven oversees the activities of over 130 staff operating out of 31 regional offices in 17 countries – ensuring that students and their advisors receive outstanding service supported by customer-focused processes, all enabled by the latest technology.

His time as an international student in Taiwan in 1990 and his long experience of living and working in China gives him an unparalleled perspective of the support needed by young people studying far from home, as well as a deep awareness of the value of studying overseas – all of which, he says, are vital to him in his role today.

Steven has built his career in counselling international students and developing the systems, processes and management structures which enable institutions to recruit at scale and to deliver services and experiences which international students, their families and their representatives expect.

After university where he studied Chinese and German, Steven worked for the Anglo-Taiwan Education Centre in Taibei. There he honed his Chinese language skills and helped to establish a body to promote education in the UK that resulted in a transformation in the number of students travelling from Taiwan from 38 to 2,500 per year.

Since then he has held senior management roles within the British Council and with Study Group as their Regional Director for China before founding INTO with John Sykes and Andrew Colin.

Fundamental to his success, he says, has been a focus on being, “available on the spot on a day to day basis – as this is vital in order to develop a deep understanding of the market and establish strong relationships.”

His ambition? “Ultimately I want INTO and our partners to become completely synonymous with the world’s best student experience. I want us to become the benchmark by which others working in the recruitment and support of international students measure their performance.”

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Jeffrey Leeds

Leeds Equity Partners
Jeffrey is President and Co-Founder of Leeds Equity and has over 20 years of experience investing in private equity transactions in the Knowledge Industries.

Prior to co-founding Leeds Equity, Jeffrey spent seven years specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at Lazard Frères & Co.  Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Leeds served as a law clerk to the Hon.  William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Mr. Leeds also worked in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York after graduating from law school.

 Jeffrey currently serves as a director of BARBRI, Evanta Ventures and INTO University Partnerships.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities and Real Page (NASDAQ: RP).  He has previously served as a director of Argosy University, Datamark, Miller Heiman, Ross University and Seaton, among others.  Jeffrey was the founding chairman of the Green Dot New York Charter School and serves on the board of the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Education and National Security.

 Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. degree in History and attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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Carter Harned

Managing Director, Leeds Equity Partners
Carter is a Managing Director with Leeds Equity and has more than 20 years of principal investing experience.

Previously, Carter was a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsor and Leveraged Finance Group at CIBC World Markets.  He was an investment banker for 11 years, working in Los Angeles and New York.  During that time, he provided capital raising and advisory services for companies in nearly every industry, with particular emphasis on the education, media, business services, consumer products, gaming and lodging sectors.  His capital raising and advisory assignments totaled more than $32 billion across more than 60 instruments and mandates.

Mr. Harned's areas of responsibility at Leeds Equity include fundraising, sourcing new opportunities, maintaining relationships with investment banks and other brokers, directing due diligence, negotiating and financing transactions and monitoring investments.  Mr. Harned serves as a director of INTO University Partnerships.  Mr. Harned was a director of eInstruction, Nobel Learning Communities, Sagus International and Seaton prior to their exits.

Mr. Harned graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Economics and Accounting.

http://www.leedsequity.com/people/investment-professionals/carter-w-harned

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Professor Sir David Eastwood

Director
Professor Sir David Eastwood became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in April 2009.

Former posts include Chief Executive at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Vice-Chancellor at the University of East Anglia, and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board. His early career was spent at the University of Oxford, where he was Fellow and Senior Tutor of Pembroke College. He later held a Chair in Modern History and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University.


He is currently Chair of the Russell Group of Universities, Universitas 21, and also Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). He is also a Board Member of Universities UK (UUK), a member of the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute, and a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. He also serves as an international member of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.

In January 2012 he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of West Midlands, and was awarded a Knighthood in 2014 for services to education. 

North American board of advisors add

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Benno Schmidt PhD.

Benno Schmidt is among the world’s leading educational innovators. Dr. Schmidt is currently Chairman of the board of trustees of the City University of New York, the largest urban public university in the world with some 500,000 students, Chairman and co-founder of Leeds Global Partners, an education services and advisory firm delivering sustainable policy and programmatic solutions to improve organizational effectiveness and raise student achievement and Chairman of Avenues: The World School, a network of international high schools supported by a common vision.

He also chairs the board of the non-profit Council for Aid to Education, a group that helps colleges and universities with accountability and academic planning. He has served as president of Yale University, dean of Columbia University Law School and CEO and chairman of Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), a pioneer in the nation’s charter school movement. 

During his presidency at Yale, from 1986 to 1992, Dr. Schmidt was known for his outspoken defense of freedom of expression and liberal education.  During his tenure, Yale’s endowment grew from $1.7 billion to nearly $3 billion, the highest rate of growth among the major endowed private universities in the United States.  Dr. Schmidt presided over one of the largest building programs in Yale’s history; he fashioned a model partnership between the university and the city of New Haven; and he helped build a number of new interdisciplinary programs, especially in environmental sciences and policy and in international studies.  Dr. Schmidt oversaw Yale College and 11 graduate and professional schools, with approximately 2,000 faculty members; 7,000 staff members; some 11,000 students; and operating and capital budgets of approximately $900 million.

Prior to Yale, Dr. Schmidt was Dean of Columbia University Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1969 and became, four years later, one of the youngest tenured professors in Columbia’s history. Named Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law in 1982, he is one of the country's leading scholars of the Constitution, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of freedom of expression, and the history of race relations in America. Dr. Schmidt is also a founder and former chairman of EdisonLearning. At one time the largest manager of public schools in the United States, the Edison design was based on extensive research into best practices for developing high-quality, student-centered classrooms.

Dr. Schmidt received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University.  He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Schmidt was awarded the 2010 Philip Merrill Award for outstanding contributions to higher education by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

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Barry Munitz PhD.

Barry Munitz is one of the leading academic leaders in the United States. He is currently Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus, while serving as Chairman of the state-wide P-16 Council in California.

Barry Munitz is currently Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus, while serving as Chairman of the state-wide P-16 Council in California.  He served formally as Chancellor of the California State University system, President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Chancellor of the University of Houston – he now heads the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Advisory Committee, and chairs the Sierra Nevada College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Munitz also currently is a member of the three Eli and Edye Broad Family Foundation Boards (education, health and art), is a corporate director at Sallie Mae and chairs the Finance and Investment Committee for the Cotsen Family Foundation Board.  He was Chairman of the American Council of Education Board, served as Vice Chair of the Congressional Cost Commission, and chaired the California Education Roundtable.  Dr. Munitz gained experience in the business world when he left the University of Houston in 1982 to become a senior executive at MAXXAM, Inc.  He remained active in a leadership position at the company, and served on its board of directors, until he joined the California State University in 1991 – the largest senior system of higher education in the United States.  He has recently completed terms as a Trustee of Princeton University, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Courtauld Institute.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Munitz received a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College before going on to earn a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont University, the California State University, Rollins College, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame and the University of Edinburgh.

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Gene Budig PhD.

Gene Budig was president/chancellor of three major state universities, President of Major League Baseball’s American League and a Major General in the Air National Guard.

He has also taught at Princeton University, is widely published in academic publications and writes a monthly newspaper column that reaches more than five million readers.  Since his retirement from university leadership, Dr. Budig has involved himself in projects that are personally meaningful to him.

In 1994 Dr. Budig was nominated for the presidency of Major League Baseball's American League, and came into office shortly after the cancellation of the World Series, a time when public confidence in baseball was at an all-time low.  Dr. Budig was also active in the Air National Guard where he earned the rank of Major General before retiring from duty in 1992.

At 24, Dr. Budig became chief of staff for the governor of Nebraska and was later selected by the chancellor of the University of Nebraska to be his chief of staff, enabling Dr. Budig to teach and to write scholarly articles.  Later, Dr. Budig transitioned into appointments as president of Illinois State University and then president of West Virginia University.  At WVU, Dr. Budig had the opportunity to work with Senator Robert C. Byrd, Senator Jennings Randolph, and Governor John D. Rockefeller.  In 1981, Dr. Budig returned to Kansas as chancellor of the University of Kansas.

Dr. Budig is from McCook, Nebraska and attended McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska to receive a B.A. in English, an M.A. in political science, and a Ph.D. in finance.

INTO people are exceptional, multicultural, international and talented, with many decades of higher education and private sector experience. More than 1,800 INTO colleagues communicate in 20 or more languages, sharing a common purpose to build the world’s finest higher education public-private partnering organization.

Key to our diversity is the convergence of executives and advisors from leading academic and private sector organizations around the world. In short, we are our own public-private partnership.

Those organizations include: the University of Exeter, Yale University, University of Birmingham, Columbia University, University of East Anglia, University of Kansas, California State University system, University of Sheffield, the British Council, AT&T, MGM Studios, The Washington Post, Gartner Group, Pfizer, KPMG, Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells.

Our people and organization add

INTO people are exceptional, multicultural, international and talented, with many decades of higher education and private sector experience. More than 1,800 INTO colleagues communicate in 20 or more languages, sharing a common purpose to build the world’s finest higher education public-private partnering organization.

Key to our diversity is the convergence of executives and advisors from leading academic and private sector organizations around the world. In short, we are our own public-private partnership.

Those organizations include: the University of Exeter, Yale University, University of Birmingham, Columbia University, University of East Anglia, University of Kansas, California State University system, University of Sheffield, the British Council, AT&T, MGM Studios, The Washington Post, Gartner Group, Pfizer, KPMG, Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells.

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Andrew Colin

Founder and Owner
Andrew Colin is the founder/owner of INTO University Partnerships. He provides the leadership and vision which has helped INTO to develop partnerships with leading universities across three continents.

Andrew combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for education and international student mobility. 

Back in 1981, while studying law at the London School of Economics, Andrew launched his first company - providing Apple-sponsored computer courses for schoolchildren.  

In 1990, he founded and directed Study Group, which, under his leadership, became a major force in international pre-university education with centres established throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2005, Andrew founded INTO University Partnerships, with the aim of transforming the international student experience and helping leading internationally-focused universities to expand access and improve student mobility.

Since its establishment, INTO has delivered world-class educational experiences to international students through joint venture partnerships with leading universities across the UK, the US and China.

In May 2013, Andrew received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida in recognition of his contribution to international education.

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John Latham

Chief Executive Officer
John leads the strategic development of INTO and has a key focus on innovation and growth.

He has 17 years of Board level experience in universities, colleges and private education businesses as well as experience across the domestic, international, state-funded, for-profit and private equity sectors. 

John spent five years in management roles at the University of Manchester, eight years at the University of Liverpool (where he was their first COO), three years as CEO & principal of Cornwall College, five years as vice president, International Business Development at Laureate and the past two years as president and CEO of the University of Law.

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John Sykes

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President North America
John has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has a strong background in corporate finance.

As one of INTO’s founding directors, John has been a lynch-pin in the development of every Joint Venture.

After graduating from Brighton University, John joined leading accounting firm KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained significant experience in the corporate finance arena. John then joined a corporate finance practice in Sussex where he led many small- and medium-sized investments in London and the South East, eventually becoming a partner.

From 1995 to 2003, John was Finance Director of Study Group, where he formed a strong working relationship with founder Andrew Colin and played an instrumental role in growing the business, overseeing its acquisition by The Daily Mail Group in 1999, and helping to expand operations into Australia, the USA and Canada.

In 2006 John and Andrew established INTO University Partnerships. John has been a Director and Board Member of the company since inception. In 2012, John led a private placement process culminating in an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66 million in the group for a 25 per cent stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector.

John now focuses on driving business development and supporting operational leadership in order to guide the strategic direction of the company. He attributes INTO’s extraordinary growth trajectory and reputation for academic excellence to robust management, ongoing and substantial investment in learning centres, and a superior global sales and marketing infrastructure.

When he is not travelling to meet new partner institutions or visit INTO’s operations around the world, John lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex, with his wife Denise and three children Michael, George and Olivia.

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Steven Smale

Co-Founder & Chief Market Initiatives Officer
Steven is one of INTO’s founding directors and leads all student recruitment activity for the group.

Fluent in Chinese, Steven is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the management of large, distributed student recruitment networks. Under his leadership, INTO currently attracts more than 12,000 students per year from all over the world to our partners. 

As director of the Global Recruitment Unit, Steven oversees the activities of over 130 staff operating out of 31 regional offices in 17 countries – ensuring that students and their advisors receive outstanding service supported by customer-focused processes, all enabled by the latest technology.

His time as an international student in Taiwan in 1990 and his long experience of living and working in China gives him an unparalleled perspective of the support needed by young people studying far from home, as well as a deep awareness of the value of studying overseas – all of which, he says, are vital to him in his role today.

Steven has built his career in counselling international students and developing the systems, processes and management structures which enable institutions to recruit at scale and to deliver services and experiences which international students, their families and their representatives expect.

After university where he studied Chinese and German, Steven worked for the Anglo-Taiwan Education Centre in Taibei. There he honed his Chinese language skills and helped to establish a body to promote education in the UK that resulted in a transformation in the number of students travelling from Taiwan from 38 to 2,500 per year.

Since then he has held senior management roles within the British Council and with Study Group as their Regional Director for China before founding INTO with John Sykes and Andrew Colin.

Fundamental to his success, he says, has been a focus on being, “available on the spot on a day to day basis – as this is vital in order to develop a deep understanding of the market and establish strong relationships.”

His ambition? “Ultimately I want INTO and our partners to become completely synonymous with the world’s best student experience. I want us to become the benchmark by which others working in the recruitment and support of international students measure their performance.”

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Anmar Kawash

Group Chief Operating Officer & EVP UK
Anmar brings more than 20 years of financial and operational experience to INTO, having worked in the UK and the US for Fortune 500 and medium-sized companies across the investment banking and telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

He is an experienced  Chief Operating Officer (COO) with a proven operational track record of working across different cultures, countries and business models; a background in investment banking; and strong business development credentials.

Anmar;s most recent role was as founder, owner and Managing Director at Global Media Advisory - an executive advisory firm in the media, digital, telecom and technology space. During that period, he was board advisor and acting COO of a start-up technology company Byyd Tech (previously Adfonic), which operates in the fast-growing sector of mobile programmatic advertising.

Anmar also acted as strategic advisor at Wasserman Media Group, and chairman at DRG. Previous senior roles were as COO at STV Group plc and FBC Media and MD at Channel 4. He also held director roles at UBS and Verizon.

Anmar’s areas of specialism and experience are in operational turnaround and in managing growth in fast-growing sectors. Anmar holds an MBA from the American University, Washington DC and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, Boston MA.

Anmar is married with three children, holds both British and American citizenship and is fluent in Arabic. His hobbies are golf and swimming.

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Jon Holmes

Chief Financial Officer
Jon has over 20 years’ experience of leading strategic change, delivering operational excellence and building high performing teams.

Jon's most recent role was as Finance and Strategy Director at Virgin Holidays, where he led teams of up to 200. During his ten years with Virgin, Jon helped the company achieve record profits, supported the opening of over 100 new retail stores and facilitated the replacement of all major systems.

Prior to this, he worked as head of finance at TUI Travel, and from 1998 to 2004 was employed in a variety of roles at Avios, British Airways Plc, culminating in head of finance.

After gaining a First Class degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham, Jon trained with PWC and KPMG qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2012.

Jon’s strong international experience, particularly of the US market, will be very useful to him at INTO. “I really enjoy working in an entrepreneurial environment, and am happy to be working with everyone here to help INTO grow and flourish in such an exciting, fast-moving market,” he says. 

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Lorraine Slattery

Chief People Officer
Lorraine works with the HR team to ensure that we continue to put our people at the heart of everything we do as we grow and develop. She is also responsible for leading the INTO Giving team.

She joined INTO from Kuoni Global Travel Services, where she was senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Throughout her career, Lorraine has led on a variety of major change management, talent development and human resources information projects.

Lorraine holds an MA in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from Newnham College, Cambridge and is a highly skilled global HR and communications leader with extensive global experience, having lived in Europe and the United States and worked extensively across Asia and the Middle East. 

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Andy Fawcett

Chief Technology Officer
Andy is responsible for INTO’s technology and information systems.

He joined INTO from global education and publishing company Pearson where he was for five years responsible for the provision of technical solutions to deliver digital education products.

Prior to this, he was global chief information officer for Hays - a recruitment business with operations in over 30 countries. During his five years there, he set up a new digital channel for recruitment agents and introduced systems to enable the rapid expansion of their international operations. He also spent 10 years as a management consultant with the consulting company Accenture.

Andy’s educational background includes a Chemical Physics degree from the University of Bristol in the UK, an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in the United States and a selection of professional qualifications from the INSEAD business school in Paris. 

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Amy McGowan

Chief Operating Officer, North America
Amy was instrumental in the development of INTO’s first US partnership, INTO Oregon State University, serving as its first employee and later its center director.

Her career in international education began with teaching English as a Second Language in the US and Japan. Previously, she worked 10 years with Embassy CES, part of Study Group, serving as academic director, center director and west coast manager.

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Bridget White

Chief Operating Officer UK/Europe
Bridget has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector, and a strong background in management, leadership, international student services and welfare & international admissions.

Bridget has worked with INTO since 2005, during which time she has overseen the initial set up and implementation of the UK INTO centres, as well as the establishment of the Admissions and Application Processing functions in Brighton and San Diego.

Bridget has also acted as start-up director in the majority of INTO’s joint ventures and established the Student Services operation for INTO China. In addition, she has been heavily involved in setting up our immigration compliance function.  

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Jon Baskerville

General Counsel and Commercial Law Consultant
Having acted for INTO since its establishment in 2006, Jon joined INTO as General Counsel based in the Head Office where he continues to advise the company and works on the structuring and implementation of its joint ventures with its university partners.

Jon is an experienced corporate lawyer. Having trained and qualified with Lovells in London he spent 11 years in private practice specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and joint ventures.

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Sean Grant

Chief Commercial Officer

Sean is a student recruitment specialist with over 25 years' experience of the student market.

Sean spent the first fifteen years of his career at Hobsons, an education management organisation that helps universities and companies with their recruitment of students and graduates by providing research, software, exhibitions and advertising opportunities. Sean’s first role there was to sell advertising space to HR Directors and Graduate Recruitment Managers in the Hobsons' career guides that were distributed to universities across the UK. This was followed by a role managing the team that did this.

Sean became Publishing Director, Hobsons International Division, in 1996 where he launched the international division that saw Hobsons publish career and education titles in almost every country around the world.

In 1999, Sean became President of Hobsons USA, turning around that business by creating partnerships with government agencies, developing new software and publishing products as well as driving a results driven culture within his team.

Sean’s last role with Hobsons was as Managing Director, Europe, in 2002 to 2005. In this role he led the businesses in Germany and the UK. This included a research company and exhibitions business in Germany and a publishing business in the UK where he presided over the launch of their software and research businesses.

After 15 years at Hobsons, Sean left education to join Teletext Holidays as their Managing Director, Commercial Text, where he was responsible for a diverse range of businesses including betting, display advertising and telephony and launched teletextmoblie and teletextgames.

In 2007, Sean launched his own consultancy providing business consulting and sales and management training to organisations. He spent a lot of time working with clients such as NARIC (National Association for the Recognition of International Certificates) and Kings College London.

After 2 years, he then launched Boom Media, where he re-launched print magazines and launched digital magazines in UK and USA in the golf travel sector. The magazines were sold in 2012 and Sean spent a short time working in the oil sector before he decided it was time to return to the education market.

In 2014 Sean joined INTO, briefly as Group Strategic Projects Director, focusing on student marketing and university partner business development, before becoming Director of Recruitment Services, where he successfully led the Admissions, Enrolment Services, Digital, Email Marketing and Student Support functions which enrolled over 11,000 students during 2015 in the UK and achieved a 75 per cent growth for direct recruitment to our UK centres.

In October 2016, Sean became the Chief Commercial Officer with recruitment and marketing responsibilities for the group. His ambition is to set the standard for recruitment and marketing in the international education sector and believes that this can be achieved by embracing technology and digital.

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Andrew Colin

Founder and Owner
Andrew Colin is the founder/owner of INTO University Partnerships. He provides the leadership and vision which has helped INTO to develop partnerships with leading universities across three continents.

Andrew combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for education and international student mobility. 

Back in 1981, while studying law at the London School of Economics, Andrew launched his first company - providing Apple-sponsored computer courses for schoolchildren.  

In 1990, he founded and directed Study Group, which, under his leadership, became a major force in international pre-university education with centres established throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2005, Andrew founded INTO University Partnerships, with the aim of transforming the international student experience and helping leading internationally-focused universities to expand access and improve student mobility.

Since its establishment, INTO has delivered world-class educational experiences to international students through joint venture partnerships with leading universities across the UK, the US and China.

In May 2013, Andrew received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida in recognition of his contribution to international education.

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John Latham

Chief Executive Officer
John leads the strategic development of INTO and has a key focus on innovation and growth.

He has 17 years of Board level experience in universities, colleges and private education businesses as well as experience across the domestic, international, state-funded, for-profit and private equity sectors. 

John spent five years in management roles at the University of Manchester, eight years at the University of Liverpool (where he was their first COO), three years as CEO & principal of Cornwall College, five years as vice president, International Business Development at Laureate and the past two years as president and CEO of the University of Law.

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John Sykes

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President North America
John has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has a strong background in corporate finance.

As one of INTO’s founding directors, John has been a lynch-pin in the development of every Joint Venture.

After graduating from Brighton University, John joined leading accounting firm KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained significant experience in the corporate finance arena. John then joined a corporate finance practice in Sussex where he led many small- and medium-sized investments in London and the South East, eventually becoming a partner.

From 1995 to 2003, John was Finance Director of Study Group, where he formed a strong working relationship with founder Andrew Colin and played an instrumental role in growing the business, overseeing its acquisition by The Daily Mail Group in 1999, and helping to expand operations into Australia, the USA and Canada.

In 2006 John and Andrew established INTO University Partnerships. John has been a Director and Board Member of the company since inception. In 2012, John led a private placement process culminating in an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66 million in the group for a 25 per cent stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector.

John now focuses on driving business development and supporting operational leadership in order to guide the strategic direction of the company. He attributes INTO’s extraordinary growth trajectory and reputation for academic excellence to robust management, ongoing and substantial investment in learning centres, and a superior global sales and marketing infrastructure.

When he is not travelling to meet new partner institutions or visit INTO’s operations around the world, John lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex, with his wife Denise and three children Michael, George and Olivia.

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Steven Smale

Co-Founder & Chief Market Initiatives Officer
Steven is one of INTO’s founding directors and leads all student recruitment activity for the group.

Fluent in Chinese, Steven is one of the world’s leading practitioners in the management of large, distributed student recruitment networks. Under his leadership, INTO currently attracts more than 12,000 students per year from all over the world to our partners. 

As director of the Global Recruitment Unit, Steven oversees the activities of over 130 staff operating out of 31 regional offices in 17 countries – ensuring that students and their advisors receive outstanding service supported by customer-focused processes, all enabled by the latest technology.

His time as an international student in Taiwan in 1990 and his long experience of living and working in China gives him an unparalleled perspective of the support needed by young people studying far from home, as well as a deep awareness of the value of studying overseas – all of which, he says, are vital to him in his role today.

Steven has built his career in counselling international students and developing the systems, processes and management structures which enable institutions to recruit at scale and to deliver services and experiences which international students, their families and their representatives expect.

After university where he studied Chinese and German, Steven worked for the Anglo-Taiwan Education Centre in Taibei. There he honed his Chinese language skills and helped to establish a body to promote education in the UK that resulted in a transformation in the number of students travelling from Taiwan from 38 to 2,500 per year.

Since then he has held senior management roles within the British Council and with Study Group as their Regional Director for China before founding INTO with John Sykes and Andrew Colin.

Fundamental to his success, he says, has been a focus on being, “available on the spot on a day to day basis – as this is vital in order to develop a deep understanding of the market and establish strong relationships.”

His ambition? “Ultimately I want INTO and our partners to become completely synonymous with the world’s best student experience. I want us to become the benchmark by which others working in the recruitment and support of international students measure their performance.”

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Jeffrey Leeds

Leeds Equity Partners
Jeffrey is President and Co-Founder of Leeds Equity and has over 20 years of experience investing in private equity transactions in the Knowledge Industries.

Prior to co-founding Leeds Equity, Jeffrey spent seven years specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at Lazard Frères & Co.  Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Leeds served as a law clerk to the Hon.  William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Mr. Leeds also worked in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York after graduating from law school.

 Jeffrey currently serves as a director of BARBRI, Evanta Ventures and INTO University Partnerships.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities and Real Page (NASDAQ: RP).  He has previously served as a director of Argosy University, Datamark, Miller Heiman, Ross University and Seaton, among others.  Jeffrey was the founding chairman of the Green Dot New York Charter School and serves on the board of the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Education and National Security.

 Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. degree in History and attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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Carter Harned

Managing Director, Leeds Equity Partners
Carter is a Managing Director with Leeds Equity and has more than 20 years of principal investing experience.

Previously, Carter was a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsor and Leveraged Finance Group at CIBC World Markets.  He was an investment banker for 11 years, working in Los Angeles and New York.  During that time, he provided capital raising and advisory services for companies in nearly every industry, with particular emphasis on the education, media, business services, consumer products, gaming and lodging sectors.  His capital raising and advisory assignments totaled more than $32 billion across more than 60 instruments and mandates.

Mr. Harned's areas of responsibility at Leeds Equity include fundraising, sourcing new opportunities, maintaining relationships with investment banks and other brokers, directing due diligence, negotiating and financing transactions and monitoring investments.  Mr. Harned serves as a director of INTO University Partnerships.  Mr. Harned was a director of eInstruction, Nobel Learning Communities, Sagus International and Seaton prior to their exits.

Mr. Harned graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Economics and Accounting.

http://www.leedsequity.com/people/investment-professionals/carter-w-harned

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Professor Sir David Eastwood

Director
Professor Sir David Eastwood became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in April 2009.

Former posts include Chief Executive at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Vice-Chancellor at the University of East Anglia, and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board. His early career was spent at the University of Oxford, where he was Fellow and Senior Tutor of Pembroke College. He later held a Chair in Modern History and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University.


He is currently Chair of the Russell Group of Universities, Universitas 21, and also Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). He is also a Board Member of Universities UK (UUK), a member of the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute, and a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. He also serves as an international member of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.

In January 2012 he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of West Midlands, and was awarded a Knighthood in 2014 for services to education. 

North American board of advisors add

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Benno Schmidt PhD.

Benno Schmidt is among the world’s leading educational innovators. Dr. Schmidt is currently Chairman of the board of trustees of the City University of New York, the largest urban public university in the world with some 500,000 students, Chairman and co-founder of Leeds Global Partners, an education services and advisory firm delivering sustainable policy and programmatic solutions to improve organizational effectiveness and raise student achievement and Chairman of Avenues: The World School, a network of international high schools supported by a common vision.

He also chairs the board of the non-profit Council for Aid to Education, a group that helps colleges and universities with accountability and academic planning. He has served as president of Yale University, dean of Columbia University Law School and CEO and chairman of Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), a pioneer in the nation’s charter school movement. 

During his presidency at Yale, from 1986 to 1992, Dr. Schmidt was known for his outspoken defense of freedom of expression and liberal education.  During his tenure, Yale’s endowment grew from $1.7 billion to nearly $3 billion, the highest rate of growth among the major endowed private universities in the United States.  Dr. Schmidt presided over one of the largest building programs in Yale’s history; he fashioned a model partnership between the university and the city of New Haven; and he helped build a number of new interdisciplinary programs, especially in environmental sciences and policy and in international studies.  Dr. Schmidt oversaw Yale College and 11 graduate and professional schools, with approximately 2,000 faculty members; 7,000 staff members; some 11,000 students; and operating and capital budgets of approximately $900 million.

Prior to Yale, Dr. Schmidt was Dean of Columbia University Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1969 and became, four years later, one of the youngest tenured professors in Columbia’s history. Named Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law in 1982, he is one of the country's leading scholars of the Constitution, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of freedom of expression, and the history of race relations in America. Dr. Schmidt is also a founder and former chairman of EdisonLearning. At one time the largest manager of public schools in the United States, the Edison design was based on extensive research into best practices for developing high-quality, student-centered classrooms.

Dr. Schmidt received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University.  He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Schmidt was awarded the 2010 Philip Merrill Award for outstanding contributions to higher education by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

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Barry Munitz PhD.

Barry Munitz is one of the leading academic leaders in the United States. He is currently Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus, while serving as Chairman of the state-wide P-16 Council in California.

Barry Munitz is currently Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus, while serving as Chairman of the state-wide P-16 Council in California.  He served formally as Chancellor of the California State University system, President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Chancellor of the University of Houston – he now heads the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Advisory Committee, and chairs the Sierra Nevada College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Munitz also currently is a member of the three Eli and Edye Broad Family Foundation Boards (education, health and art), is a corporate director at Sallie Mae and chairs the Finance and Investment Committee for the Cotsen Family Foundation Board.  He was Chairman of the American Council of Education Board, served as Vice Chair of the Congressional Cost Commission, and chaired the California Education Roundtable.  Dr. Munitz gained experience in the business world when he left the University of Houston in 1982 to become a senior executive at MAXXAM, Inc.  He remained active in a leadership position at the company, and served on its board of directors, until he joined the California State University in 1991 – the largest senior system of higher education in the United States.  He has recently completed terms as a Trustee of Princeton University, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Courtauld Institute.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Munitz received a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College before going on to earn a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont University, the California State University, Rollins College, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame and the University of Edinburgh.

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Gene Budig PhD.

Gene Budig was president/chancellor of three major state universities, President of Major League Baseball’s American League and a Major General in the Air National Guard.

He has also taught at Princeton University, is widely published in academic publications and writes a monthly newspaper column that reaches more than five million readers.  Since his retirement from university leadership, Dr. Budig has involved himself in projects that are personally meaningful to him.

In 1994 Dr. Budig was nominated for the presidency of Major League Baseball's American League, and came into office shortly after the cancellation of the World Series, a time when public confidence in baseball was at an all-time low.  Dr. Budig was also active in the Air National Guard where he earned the rank of Major General before retiring from duty in 1992.

At 24, Dr. Budig became chief of staff for the governor of Nebraska and was later selected by the chancellor of the University of Nebraska to be his chief of staff, enabling Dr. Budig to teach and to write scholarly articles.  Later, Dr. Budig transitioned into appointments as president of Illinois State University and then president of West Virginia University.  At WVU, Dr. Budig had the opportunity to work with Senator Robert C. Byrd, Senator Jennings Randolph, and Governor John D. Rockefeller.  In 1981, Dr. Budig returned to Kansas as chancellor of the University of Kansas.

Dr. Budig is from McCook, Nebraska and attended McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska to receive a B.A. in English, an M.A. in political science, and a Ph.D. in finance.

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