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Launched in the US in 2008, our innovative model and global reach has transformed nine campuses and changed perceptions of internationalization across the higher education sector.

Meet our North American partner development team


Bruce Magid

Executive Vice President Partner Development, Pathway North America
Bruce joins INTO from Brandeis University, near Boston, where he has been Dean of the International Business School and Martin and Ahuva Gross Chair in Financial Markets and Institutions, as well as Founding Director, Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership, since 2007.

Prior to this, Bruce held roles as Dean, College of Business and Founding Dean, Lucas Graduate School of Business at San José State University and as Founding Executive Director of MSU Global, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Finance, and Chair, Study Abroad Risk Assessment Committee, at Michigan State University.

Before entering higher education management, Bruce was a senior executive at Bank of America for 21 years, holding roles in Venezuela, Brazil, Miami and San Francisco.

Bruce holds a PhD in Economics, Business Law and Comparative Politics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard University/Tufts University; an MA in Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BS in Foreign Service from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.


Dr JoAnn McCarthy PhD

Director of Academic Affairs – North America
JoAnn has spent thirty years in tertiary education, most recently as Assistant Provost for International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

She is a past president of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); served as chair of the International Education Leadership Section of NAFSA (the world’s largest professional organization of nearly 10,000 international educators); and served on ACE’s International Commission (1999-2002).

Dr. McCarthy earned a PhD in Foreign Language Education from the Florida State University and is a former French professor. She has served on many national and international advisory boards and is a frequent consultant, author, and speaker on the internationalization of higher education, the changing dynamics of student/faculty mobility, and the emerging role of the research university in global civil society. In 2009, she was honored by AIEA with the Charles Klasek Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education.


Tim O'Brien

Senior Vice President New Partner Development
Tim O’Brien is responsible for INTO's global market insight and corporate communications team.

Tim has spent the past seven years at INTO, having worked in a variety of senior roles across many areas of the business.  Tim and his team are responsible for supporting the global business development function. His team also leads on the market insight and intelligence function for the group.  

Prior to joining  INTO, Tim held a variety of senior international positions at Liverpool John Moores, Salford and Nottingham Trent University - where he was International Development Director. During his tenure in the public university sector, Tim and his teams collected three HEIST International Student Recruitment awards - including Gold awards for best student recruitment campaigns. He has also served on the international board of UCAS, the UK's national undergaduate student admissions body and was a board member of the Northern Consortium.

He is a graduate of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.


Frank Merendino

Director, Business Development and Partnerships, North America
Frank serves as a member of the Business Development and Partnerships team for North America, working closely with prospective partners and international education organizations.

Before joining INTO in 2017, Frank spent the past decade working in international education across universities, a non-profit professional association, and organizations that focus on public-private partnerships. Frank got his start in the field as an international student advisor at Miami University (OH) before moving to international student recruitment and partnerships at the University of Cincinnati. There he developed 2+2 programs and established a SE Asia recruitment office in Vietnam. Following that, Frank went on to work in partnership development for  NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Shorelight Education and Quad Learning.

Education: MA Higher Education Administration, The University of Akron


John Rolfes

Vice President Global Operations, Direct Entry

John leads operations for our enhanced Direct Entry offering, overseeing the implementation of all our internal and external operational processes and ensuring their optimal efficiency.  John freely collaborates with key stakeholders and University partners to ensure an excellent student experience.

John has worked in Higher Education for the past 20 years and has supported Universities and students from around the world.  John held numerous strategic and operational roles at Laureate Education where he managed University partner relationships, successfully led numerous product launches, and implemented many operational improvements to provide a better student experience.

John holds an MBA from University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, College Park, Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Economics from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. John is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). 

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