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Dr. Andrea Custodi
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Andrea comes to CAPA with 20 years of experience in senior leadership at education abroad organizations: from a small liberal arts consortium operating in South India, to Arcadia and IFSA's Alliance for Global Education, and most recently as Senior Director of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at CET Academic Programs. She also brings an extensive record of service to the field. Andrea currently serves on AIEA's Publications & Resources Committee; she has chaired The Forum on Education Abroad’s Curriculum Committee, Standards Committee, and Outcomes Assessment Committee, and served as a member of the Forum Council, the Ethics Committee, and the Trained Facilitator Corps.

Andrea holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from The George Washington University and her academic background spans South Asian religious studies, critical theory, history, and international politics. In her role at CAPA: The Global Education Network, Andrea oversees and upholds CAPA's commitment to academic excellence, seeking to foster innovation in pedagogy and curriculum design, and ensuring the smooth administration of academic policies and processes.

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Dr. Whitney Sherman
Academic Affairs Manager

Dr. Whitney Sherman joins CAPA after directing intercultural learning for CIEE and overseeing international programs at the University of Southern California. A scholar-practitioner of global learning and intercultural exchange, Whitney regularly engages in academic research and recently served as an intercultural development consultant for the United States Agency for International Development, specializing in cultural awareness training for its Africa Bureau. She began her education abroad career coordinating internships onsite for Boston University Study Abroad in 2008, after managing education projects for a local NGO in Niger and teaching English in France, Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland.

Whitney earned an EdD in Educational Leadership (Educational Psychology) from USC where she completed her dissertation, The role of the fieldbook: a pedagogical tool for intercultural learning. Whitney regularly presents at global education conferences and serves as the Chair of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community for the Michigan Association of International Educators. She also holds a MEd in International Educational Development from Boston University and a BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster.

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Arlene Hairston

Arlene is the Registrar at CAPA and works in the Academic Affairs department. She has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years. She is responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects relating to grades, transcripts, and assessments within CAPA's programs. Arlene works closely with CAPA's school of record institutions as well as program managers and academic directors who provide direct advising support to CAPA's students.  

Arlene joined CAPA in the summer of 2021 and has enjoyed working in the international education environment. She earned a bachelor's in Management from Kaplan University. In her spare time, she enjoys camping (well, actually glamping!) with family and friends.