I was born in Chattanooga, TN but grew up in several places including Emory. From 1956-1964 I lived on campus as a boy, then moved to Charlotte, NC and returned in Fall 1967 as a student, graduating in 1971 with Honors in Political Science and Magna cum laude. Not sure, but I think I may have been the first honors graduate after EHC started the program. (My thesis was on the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.) While at EHC I lived in Crow's Nest. I was editor-in-chief of the White Topper, Blue Key, Sigma Mu, captain of our National Model UN team (honorable mention in 1969 (defeated Brown) and champions in 1970-71 (defeated Princeton). Joined APO in 1969 and served as vice-president. After EHC I continued on a research and policy career in Washington, DC with stints in New York City, Nashville, TN and Florida. I hold an M.A. in International Relations (international law and development administration) with distinction from The American University (1973); an M.L.S. and Graduate Certificate in Strategic Information Resources Management (IRM) from Syracuse University (2000) and a PhD in Higher Education and Political Science (1979) from the University of Virginia. During 1977-79 I held a graduate internship at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Commission on Colleges, working with Dr. Grover Andrews on the use of part-time faculty (ironic, given my present circumstances!) and the accreditation of non-traditional programs and institutions. During 1979-1986 I worked in several think tanks in New York and DC, serving as a project manager, editor, and research analyst on issues ranging from nuclear weapons to religion in politics. Joined the U.S. Government in 1986 and spent the balance of my active career in federal service, retiring in Warsaw, Poland in 2011. In 1986-88 I served as a contracts officer in the U.S. Department of Education (audit resolution) which began my work as an analyst and negotiator. I was a program officer from 1988-91 managing federal grant programs in the Office of Research, and from 1991-94 was a senior research analyst. While in the Office of Research I authored or edited several primary publications, including the first federal study of continuing professional education and four federal data standards: the Classification of Instructional Programs (1990 and later in 2000 as a senior advisor), the 1992 crosswalk of federal program data definitions to the International Standard Classification (with UNESCO and UN Statistics Office), and Mapping the World of Education, a three-volume project done for the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates unit to codify and analyze data on foreign doctorate recipients whose prior education was completed in other national systems. I also worked with the OECD on the Education to Work project and authored the U.S. section of the report.
In 1994 I was selected to be the new Director of Planning and Policy for the National Library of Education, responsible for customer service, policy reports, part of NLE's web presence, the postsecondary ERIC Clearinghouses, and international work. I also managed the federal advisory committee that assisted in the creation of NLE and authored their report to the Secretary, Congress and the public. That same year, 1994, the United States began negotiations on what would become the Lisbon Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Pertaining to Higher Education in the European Region (LRC for short), a UNESCO treaty also sponsored by Council of Europe (the USA is part of UNESCO's European Region). The U.S. Department of State and the Office of the Secretary of Education tapped me to serve on the negotiation advisory team. The LRC was signed in April 1996, and that same year I was designated manager of the U.S. Network for Education Information (USNEI), an international information service advising international students and professionals coming to the USA and Americans going abroad as well as advising other national governments and U.S. agencies and the private sector on matters related to mobility, visas, and the recognition of qualifications and credentials. USNEI was the U.S. member of the European Network of Information Centres (ENIC) required of each State Party to the LRC. USNEI was added to my duties in the National Library of Education, which expanded to also include training duties, labor relations, and supervision of staff. In 2000, however, I was offered a position as senior international affairs specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Education and was able to move USNEI to a new home while taking on new responsibilities as a senior advisor to Education and the Departments of State, Homeland Security and the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). From 2000-2011 I served as senior technical advisor, national expert (professional mobility and degree recognition, comparative higher education, visa policy and European affairs) and diplomatic representative to U.S. federal agencies, foreign governments and international organizations. In 2002-2004 I represented the Secretary of Education at meetings of the Homeland Security Council, was liaison to the Departments of Homeland Security and State during 2000-2011, advised on the creation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information Program (SEVP) in 2002-2006, advised USTR on the Doha Round of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and negotiated removal of critical items from the agenda of the Moscow G-8 Meeting in 2006. In 2009-2011 I ad the honor of being elected by my European colleagues as president of the European Network of Information Centres (ENIC Network), retiring in Warsaw, Poland at the conclusion of the June, 2011 Joint Meeting.