International Advisory Board, Founding Members

David Caputo
David Caputo


President Emeritus, Pace University

Dr. Caputo received his PhD from Yale University and his BA from Miami University. He began his academic career at Purdue University where he was Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Political Science Department and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. From 1995 to 2000 he was President of Hunter College which is part of the City University of New York. From 2000 to 2007, he served as President of Pace. His presidential leadership emphasized internationalization, increasing undergraduate opportunities, and university-wide assessment and accountability. He has published extensively (a variety of books and more than twenty referenced journal articles) in the areas of higher education leadership, American government, and intergovernmental relations. He has been a visiting faculty member at Harvard University's School of Public Health and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. He has held two Fulbright awards to Italy and continues his active interest in electoral politics in Italy and the United States. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Lilly Foundation.

Dr. Caputo serves on several non-profit boards and chairs several audit committees. He is also a consultant to several foundations and organizations with interests in higher education. He recently addressed a meeting of Indian faculty in Mumbai, India on the need for university-wide assessment.

Dr. Caputo and his wife reside in Manhattan.

Dan Davidson
Dan Davidson


President, American Council on International Education

Dr. Dan E. Davidson is President of American Councils for International Education and Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition at Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Davidson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and is the author or editor of forty-four books and over 60 articles, primarily in the field of language, culture, and educational development, including a twenty-year longitudinal study of adult second language acquisition.

Dr. Davidson has focused much of his professional life on the development, oversight, and support of international initiatives in educational development training, and research, primarily through the work of American Councils and its partner organizations in the U.S., Eurasia and the Middle East. From 1992 to 1995, Davidson served as co-chairman of the Transformation of the Humanities and Social Sciences initiative sponsored by philanthropist George Soros. He has played a key role as well in the development of (merit-based) national testing and educational assessment programs in Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Georgia, Russia and Ukraine with support from USAID, World Bank and other donors.

Dr. Davidson is elected president of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and Board member for a number of universities and international organizations. He is a foreign elected member of the Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences (RAO) and recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from the Russian Academy of Sciences and three other institutions of higher learning. He has received awards for distinguished service to the profession from ADFL/MLA, AATSEEL and several foreign governments.

Dr. Davidson currently represents American Councils on the steering committee of the EURECA Program, "Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity," funded by the US-Russia Foundation.

Rose Tseng
Rose Tseng


Chancellor Emerita, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Dr. Tseng is Chancellor Emerita and Professor, the University of Hawaii Hilo. Prior to her leadership of UH Hilo from 1998 to 2010, she was previously Chancellor and CEO at West Valley - Mission Community College District in Silicon Valley. Previous to West Valley-Mission, Dr. Tseng rose through the ranks at San Jose State University to full professor, department chair and then dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts. Born in China and raised in Taiwan, Dr. Tseng moved to the U.S. to complete her advanced education, receiving a B.S. in chemistry at Kansas State University. She received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences, with minors in biochemistry and physiology, at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Tseng is an educator, administrator, and champion of entrepreneurial projects. She believes in higher education's power to bring about local economic development. In both California and Hawaii, she has established extensive partnerships between the university and the business community to benefit the states and the Asia-Pacific region. She was instrumental in developing a business park at Mission College in Silicon Valley; UH Hilo's Science and Technology Park has greatly expanded under her leadership.

Dr. Tseng has extensive international experience in higher education including serving for 6 years as a Principal Education Consultant for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In addition, she has broad expertise in U.S. university accreditation and has served as an elected commissioner at the Senior College Accrediting Commission, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

During her chancellorship, UH Hilo experienced a 43 percent increase in enrollment and a 600 percent increase in grant funding. She was instrumental in obtaining the funding for expansive and innovative construction projects at the University, and spearheaded the grant that brought the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program to improve the entire state's research. In addition, she has championed innovative educational programs that integrate culture and science, preparing students for challenges of the future. One notable example is the development of the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, where Hawaiian astronomical history is presented along with the latest discoveries from the Mauna Kea observatories.

Dr. Tseng is the author and co-author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications, and has presented numerous papers at professional conferences on health, leadership, higher education and multicultural issues. Dr. Tseng has conducted research in nutrition, obesity, metabolism, and health programs. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees in Silicon Valley, Hawaii, and abroad, including awards for teaching, business, and leadership.

Michael Bassis
Michael Bassis


President Emeritus, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah

Michael Bassis is President Emeritus of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. An authority on educational change and an active participant in the national conversation on the future of higher education, Dr. Bassis has had a wide range of experiences as a teacher, scholar, and administrator in both public and private institutions over his 40-year career in higher education.

Dr Bassis earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He began his career as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to coming to Westminster in 2002, he served as Executive Vice President and University Provost at Antioch University, CEO of New College of Florida and President of Olivet College in Michigan.

At Westminster, Dr. Bassis led the college community in the creation of an ambitious strategic plan that has since transformed the institution. Over a ten year period, Westminster built a rising national reputation for the quality and distinctiveness of its learning environment as it added a variety of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, built new facilities and saw significant increases in its enrollment profile, among international, underrepresented and out-of state students in particular.

Prior to Westminster, Dr Bassis led the successful effort to move New College of Florida to its current status as an independent institution within the State University System. As President of Olivet College in Michigan from 1993-1998, his efforts to revitalize that institution won him wide recognition. His work at Olivet was chronicled by Stephen R. Covey in his book, Living the Seven Habits.

Dr Bassis has particular interest and experience in principle-centered and participatory leadership, strategic planning, board relations, international education and innovative strategies to control educational costs while enhancing educational quality. He has published widely on these topics and has served on advisory boards and project teams with numerous foundations and professional associations, including the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Campus Compact, The New American Colleges and Universities, and the Project on the Future of Higher Education.