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Global Profile: Mike Sexton

Last month, Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, visited the US Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay to meet with Colleen Hoey, SCU ’86, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy, to discuss US higher education. Sexton’s meeting in Paraguay was the most recent of international visits that he has taken related to his work with the US State Department under a contract administered by the College Board’s Office of International Education in Washington, DC. For almost thirty years, the Department of State has sponsored the Overseas Schools Project which provides support for schools attended by children of US Embassy personnel.
 Sexton is one of four experienced admission officers selected for this job. He works with the State Department Regional Education Officer who is responsible for the Americas and determining what embassies and schools he will visit, as well as what conferences to attend.

In the past three years, Sexton’s volunteer work has taken him to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay where he has represented US higher education and provided updates about US college admission and financial aid. Also, Sexton assists new college counselors, and offers customized workshops for faculty on such topics as recommendation writing, as well as holding meetings at embassies for parents who are unable to attend school presentations.

In conjunction with this work with the US Department of State, Sexton serves as faculty for the International School Counselor Institute held each summer at Georgetown University. The Institute trains approximately sixty-five counselors from around the world on college counseling. Sexton notes that these activities have raised the visibility of Santa Clara in the international schools community and the University has received numerous applications as a result.



Posted on 4/23/2014

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