Mary Anne Grant Announces Retirement

May 26, 2015

ISEP President and CEO Mary Anne Grant announced her plans to retire during the May 26 ISEP Network Reception in Boston, Massachusetts. Opportunities for the membership to recognize Mary Anne for her 34 years of leadership will be shared in the coming months.


May 26, 2015

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

In January, I advised the ISEP Board of Directors that I intend to step down as President and CEO by the end of December 2015. I have been with the organization nearly 34 years and have seen ISEP go through considerable growth, change and achievements. I believe that ISEP has reached one of those points in time where a new energy is needed to drive the organization forward for the next several years. When I started with ISEP in 1981, we exchanged about 300 students. Today, we serve over 3,000 each year and our alumni number over 50,000. We had about 100 member institutions in 1981 and now engage with over 330. It is very gratifying to see such a large and diverse group of universities in 51 countries come together in a unified way to support and serve the educational needs of so many students. International education is taking on new energy and importance in the higher education arena. I strongly believe that organizations like ISEP are needed to ensure access, diversity and affordability in international student mobility. Individual institutions cannot accomplish alone what we can do cooperatively to expand opportunity. Over the last few months, I have been working to prepare the organization for this change in leadership. I will continue to work with the Board, Council of Advisors, leadership team and the new CEO and am confident that the transition to new leadership will go smoothly. In 2016, I will be available to the new CEO for advice and counsel, will begin to write a history of ISEP and continue to raise funds especially for*** ***the ISEP Student Scholarship Fund. ISEP will be in new and capable hands as the Board will determine. I am grateful for whatever role I have played in ISEP’s development and am excited about the future – my own and ISEP’s. Most especially, I value the people I am honored to have known over so many years and hope to stay in touch in the years to come. The relationships and collaborative efforts of everyone associated with ISEP are what has and will make it strong. I look forward to working with you during the next few months as I retire to a new chapter that I expect to fill with community service, family and friends.

Thank you for your friendship and your commitment to our students.

Mary Anne Grant President and CEO, ISEP

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