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Eric Canny, Ed.D., Vice President - Program Management

Eric has managed the reorganization and expansion of international operations at four higher educational institutions. His work focuses on creating effective enhancements that meet diverse internal and external client needs in a continually changing international education landscape, improving organizational systems and structures for clarity, and streamlining communication and data-flow processes.

Eric has 23 years of experience in educational policy and programming, academic curriculum development and accreditation, admissions, risk assessment and crisis management, student and staff development, and non-profit event management. He’s currently focused on developing cutting-edge assessment models, both in and outside of the classroom setting, that track student learning outcomes longitudinally and multi-dimensionally.

Eric has authored articles on various international education issues, including a chapter in NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad, Fourth Edition. He recently published a chapter on "Study Abroad Retention and Student Success" in "Critical Assessment and Strategies for Increased Student Retention" (IGI Global.) He presents globally on topics relating to international education and diversity; risk assessment and mitigation; and the deployment of technology in global operations of higher educational institutions, with a particular focus on the specific needs of global processes while integrating with other systems.

He is a faculty member at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, in the doctoral program for organizational leaders, where he combines theory with real-life application. Eric serves on the Board of Directors for various international foundations focused on sustainable change and innovation in a wide range of policy areas including: education, environment, health, diversity, religion, gender, and economic equality. He is also co-founder of a documentary film company focusing on these issues.

Previously, Eric served as the Director of Student Services for the world’s largest study abroad program, annually managing all aspects of student well-being and crisis management for 4,000 students in 10 countries. Eric led teams for opening U.S. higher educational institutions in Argentina, China, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, and the United Kingdom, and for expanding existing programs in Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Spain, Thailand, and other countries. He has traveled to more than 55 countries.

Eric received his BFA and MA from New York University and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.

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