John J. Christian
John has a longstanding history in the field of international education spanning more than 25 years. He has been an active and contributing member of the international education industry including NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, and the Forum on Education Abroad.
John first studied abroad in London on a semester abroad program in 1986. He began his international education career as a Foreign Student Advisor for the State University of New York at Oswego in the Office of International Education. Following this, he participated in an 18-month post-graduate program in Beijing where he was the Resident Director of SUNY Oswego’s Beijing program. John later attended graduate school at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies where he completed a Masters degree in Area studies: China. During this time, John was also the executive director of the SUNY Oswego London Center which led to the development of CAPA’s first program center in London.
As an entrepreneur and leader, John continues to evolve and support the field of international education. He strives for new and innovative ways to enhance the student experience in academics, personal and professional development and cultural exchange using state-of-the-art technology to create globally collaborative communities across the CAPA network of programs. His entrepreneurial approach to learning takes students to places they never knew they could go and prepares them to function and compete in an increasingly interdependent global landscape.
In his spare time, you’ll find John devoting a great deal of his time to causes such as The Innocence Project, which supports wrongful convictions and exoneree programs and the MTeam -- a team of cyclists he created to support the efforts of Best Buddies programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Core to John’s philosophy is the basic right to purpose, education and individuality.