About Us


The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is an international partnership of colleges and universities advancing liberal arts education within the contexts of its member institutions. The Alliance fosters a community of institutional leaders, faculty, staff, and students to address the pressing intellectual, social, political, educational and cultural issues of the highly globalized twenty-first century.

The Alliance fulfills its mission by:

  • Strengthening the ability of our liberal arts institutions to operate effectively and globally; and,
  • Facilitating global course, curricular, co-curricular connections and scholarly activities among our institutions, and the mobility of students, faculty, staff, and leadership within the Alliance network.

GLCA Management

The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) is the founder and administrator of the Global Alliance. Chartered in the state of Michigan (USA) and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1962, it has been governed since its founding by a Board of Directors and charged with working on behalf of its member institutions, a consortium of thirteen private liberal arts colleges located in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Advisory Group

The advisory group of presidents and chief academic officers provides feedback and advice to the GLCA president and staff in between GLAA leadership meetings.

Amine BensaidPresidentAl Akhawayn University
Ron ColePresidentAllegheny College
Jonathan AddletonRectorForman Christian College
Shoichiro IwakiriPresidentInternational Christian University
Panos VlachopoulosVice-President of Academic AffairsAmerican College of Greece

Alliance Liaisons

Each Alliance campus has an Alliance Liaison. The Liaison’s primary role is communication between the GLCA office and the campus. This includes being a strong and visible advocate for the Alliance and a source of timely information to faculty, staff, and students of the Liaison’s home institution. The Liaison also has responsibility for sharing Alliance news with the campus’ president and chief academic officer.

Institution Liaison Title Email
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Karim Moustaghfir Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences [email protected]
Albion College Midori Yoshi International Studies Program [email protected]
Allegheny College Briana Lewis Associate  Professor of World Languages & Cultures [email protected]
Antioch College Luisa Bieri Assistant Profess or Cooperative Education [email protected]
Ashesi University Stephen Armah William Annoh Department Head, Business Administration Research Administrator & Quality Assurance Officer [email protected] [email protected]
Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts Dagmar Kusa Professor of Political Science dagmarkusa@gmailcom
Denison University Taku Suzuki Associate Professor of East Asian Studies; Director of International Studies [email protected]
DePauw University Bridget Gourley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry [email protected]
Earlham College Roger Adkins Executive Director of Global Education [email protected]
Effat University Haifa Jamal Al-Lail President [email protected]
FLAME University Renu Dhadwal Associate Professor of Mathematics [email protected]
Forman Christian College Gloria Calib Associate Vice Rector for Academic Affairs [email protected]
Franklin University Switzerland Kate Roy Modern Languages and Literatures (German) [email protected]
Hope College Annie Dandavati Professor of Political Science [email protected]
International Christian University Christopher Bondy Senior Associate Professor of Sociology; Coordinator for Japan Studies [email protected]
International University of Grand-Bassam DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga Vice President for Academic Affairs [email protected]
John Cabot University Mary Merva Vice President and Dean of Academics [email protected]
Kalamazoo College Lizbeth Mendoza Pineda Faculty Travel Seminar Coordinator [email protected]
Kenyon College Sheryl Hemkin Professor of Chemistry [email protected]
Lingnan University Shalendra Sharma Associate Vice President [email protected]
Oberlin College Elizabeth Hamilton Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Associate Professor of German; Director, First-Year Seminar Program [email protected]
Ohio Wesleyan University Nate Rowley & Eva Paris-Huesca Associate Professor of Geology & Geography Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Film Studies [email protected] [email protected]
The American College of Greece Maria Kyriakaki Department of English and Modern Languages [email protected]
The American University in Bulgaria Robert White Dean of the Faculty [email protected]
The American University in Cairo Ghada Elshimi Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Academy of Liberal Arts [email protected]
The American University of Nigeria Jennifer Mike Assistant Professor of Law [email protected]
The American University of Paris Russell Williams Director of Faculty Development [email protected]
Universidad San Francisco de Quito Alexandra Velasco International Programs Office Director [email protected]
The College of Wooster Sarah Sobeck Associate Professor of Chemistry [email protected]
Wabash College Jane Hardy Associate Professor of Spanish [email protected] 

GLCA Staff

Mickey McDonald

Simon J. M. Gray

Colleen Monahan Smith

Derek S. Vaughan

Charla J. White

Mickey McDonald


Michael (Mickey) McDonald is the president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. He joined the GLCA staff on July 1, 2018. Just prior to joining the GLCA, Mickey served ten years as Provost of Kalamazoo College, including one term as Acting President, and before that he was a professor of mathematics and served in various administrative roles at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Mickey earned a B.S. from Davidson College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Duke University. Mickey currently serves on the Boards of the Association of Collaborative Leadership and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and is chair-elect of the ACE Council of Fellows.

Simon J. M. Gray

Senior Program Director, Global Liberal Arts Alliance

As Senior Program Director, Simon’s primary responsibility is programming for the Global Liberal Arts Alliance and currently oversees the Global Crossroads grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He also works with GLCA faculty and staff groups. Prior to joining GLCA in July 2015, Simon taught Computer Science at The College of Wooster. Simon earned a B.A. in anthropology and philosophy and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Virginia, then a Ph.D. in computer science from Kent State University.

Colleen Monahan Smith

Program Manager, Executive Assistant to the President

Colleen is Director of the New Writers Award and Co-Director of the Consortium for Teaching and Learning. She leads and closely works with a number of campus administrative groups and is part of the GALI team, GLCA’s signature professional development program. Colleen is executive assistant to the president, serves as liaison with the Board of Directors and Deans’ Council and supports programming for the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. Previously, she worked as a Legislative Director on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Colleen earned her BS from Santa Clara University in Northern California where she studied Political Science with minors in Spanish and International Studies. Colleen joined the Great Lakes Colleges Association in 2012.

Derek S. Vaughan

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Derek S. Vaughan is the Vice President for Finance and Administration where he serves as the chief financial and operating officer. He also serves as the program officer for several groups including Chief Financial Officers, Institutional Researchers, HR Officers, Chief Information Technology Officers, and Tuition Remission Exchange Officers. Additionally, Derek serves as the administrator for the consortial Tuition Remission Exchange (TRE) program and the primary data sharing officer. Derek earned a BS in math and a BBA in quantitative business analysis from Ohio University, an MS in student personnel services and an MBA in organizational behavior from Miami University, and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the GLCA in 2004, Derek held positions in student affairs at Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Miami University.

Charla J. White

Senior Program Director and Controller

Charla White is a Senior Program Director and Controller at the GLCA. Charla works closely with administrative and diversity groups, secures logistics for domestic meetings, helps the VP for Finance and Administration monitor and enforce policies and procedures, and assists in the auditing process. Charla was previously employed at Earlham College where she worked in the Student Life area and the grant funded Odyssey Program for rural, first-generation, college-bound students. Charla holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on assessment and evaluation (American InterContinental University, 2010) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (Earlham College, 2008). Charla came to GLCA in 2002 following her work at Earlham College.