Who We Are:
"Study Texas is a group of educational and training organizations in the state of Texas, whose broad purpose is to connect international students and professionals with quality education and training." (Article II, Sec. 1, Study Texas Bylaws)
Study Texas was established to enable schools in the State of Texas to work together to market the advantages of receiving an education in Texas. Study Texas is a group of educational organizations in the state of Texas, whose broad purpose is to connect international students and professionals with a quality education. Members include appropriately accredited community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, both private and public. Study Texas institutions offer thousands of degrees to choose from. Come explore Texas and find out why it is a great place to live and learn!
Dr. Ryan Buck, chair
Dr. Ryan Buck serves as the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at Texas State University where he focuses on enhancing the international profile and reputation of the university, provides strategic direction for achieving the university’s internationalization goals, and oversees Study Abroad, the Intensive English program, and the International Office. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of International Student Affairs at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Ryan served in the United State Peace Corps in the Russian Far East and earned his PhD in Public Policy at The New School.
GRACE A. YATES, PAST-Chair
Grace A. Yates is an International Student Services Specialist at Austin Community College (ACC). She has been with ACC for 8 years. Her duties include international student admissions, immigration advising, and coordinating International Student Orientations and workshops. She also generates and edits an online newsletter for ACC’s international student population. Grace speaks and writes fluent Spanish, has studied abroad in Spain, and travels often to Mexico. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, with an International Business focus, from Texas State University.
Steven Garrett, Advisor
Steven Garrett is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in Houston, an office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to arriving in Houston in August 2015, Steven served seven years in the Office of the Middle East and North Africa at Commerce Department headquarters in Washington DC. Since graduating from the University of Georgia in 1999, Steven’s professional experience includes work as an aide for two U.S. Senators, a civilian at the U.S. Department of Defense, and soldier for the U.S. Army serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Steven received his Master’s in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University in 2009.
GREG THOMPSON, FOUNDER
Greg Thompson is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the North Texas U.S. Export Assistance Center - an office of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Dallas, Texas. He has been with the North Texas office since August 1998. Prior to that appointment, he was a Senior Import Compliance Specialist with the Department in Washington, D.C. Mr. Thompson obtained his MBA in International Marketing from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1992. His undergraduate work in finance, accounting, and economics was completed at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Evie Myers, Chair-Elect
Eveadean Morrison Myers currently serves as Special Advisor to the President for International Programs at Prairie View A&M University. She oversees campus wide efforts to create a campus community actively committed to inclusion and pluralism.
She previously served as the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach at North Dakota State University for seven years. Myers served as a member of the President’s Cabinet and was NDSU’s first executive director and chief diversity officer.
Myers was Associate Director for Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Diversity for Iowa State University for ten years before coming to NDSU. Myers began her career at the Pillsbury Company Legal Department. Myers’ career expands more than two decades in administrative positions both in public higher education and corporate America. Myers earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University and her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Iowa, College of Law.
As the Senior International Officer at Prairie View A&M University, Myers coordinates university-wide internationalization strategy and efforts and has been instrumental in raising the profile of PVAMU as a globally identified Historically Black Land-Grant Institution. She is the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators Program award, and participated in the Fulbright U.S. – Japan 2013 program, where she had the opportunity to meet with educational leaders and visit universities across Japan.
Currently, Myers serves NAFSA as the co-chair for the MIG BMcPie, Region III Diversity & MSI Liaison, the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council and as a Mentor for the Diversity Impact Program. Myers also serves on the Diversity Abroad Advisory Board.
Myers is a former Board Member of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). She previously served as a Board Member for the American Association for Affirmative Action and also served as national membership chair.
Shannon Bedo, TREASURER
Shannon Bedo is the Director of International Student Services at Houston Baptist University, where she leads efforts for recruiting, admissions, immigration, and programming for the international student population. She has previously served at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University, as well as in the private sector. She has a Masters of Agricultural Education and a Bachelors of Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University, where she also studied abroad in both Vietnam and Tunisia. Shannon is an active member of NAFSA and is on the chair stream of the Houston Forum.
Jennifer Felps, Secretary
Jennifer Felps serves as the Director of International Studies at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. This role leads global engagement efforts to enhance the university’s internationalization endeavors. She focuses on expanding the global mindsets of students, faculty, and the community by overseeing international student recruitment and retention, study abroad development, and the intensive English program.
Felps completed her M.A. in International & Intercultural Communication at the University of Denver. She is currently enrolled in Lamar University’s Ed.D. program focusing on global educational leadership.
Jessica Guiver, At-Large Member
Jessica has worked in the field of international education for 18 years. She earned a master’s degree in international education from New York University and her first IE role was in education development in Central Asia. Currently, she is the director of international undergraduate admissions at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to joining UTSA in May 2016, she spent 11 years in the UK and Austria working in international admissions, marketing, recruitment and partnership development. While in higher education the UK, Jessica was on the board of BUILA – the British Universities’ International Liaison Association – and coordinated their professional development/annual conference events. Although not originally from Texas, her parents immigrated to the US when she was in elementary school, Jessica essentially grew up San Antonio and is happy to be back in her “home” state.
JORGE DANIEL GARCIA, AT-LARGE MEMBER
Daniel is the Director of Multicultural and International Enrollment at Abilene Christian University. Daniel is originally from Cancun, Mexico. He came to Abilene, Texas in 1999 to study his undergraduate degree at ACU. He received a bachelor of business administration and a master in intercultural communication from ACU. He has worked at ACU for eight years where is is responsible for developing all marketing strategies to serve multicultural student from the U.S. and international students abroad.
LUIZ DE JESUS, AT-LARGE MEMBER
Luiz de Jesus is Dallas Baptist University (DBU) International Admissions Recruiter and Liaison. Currently he is responsible for the international recruitment efforts for the Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada along with the Vice President for International Affairs at DBU. Luiz completed his bachelor and graduate studies in Business Studies and MBA in International Business and Marketing. Luiz is from Brazil and he spent time living in Barcelona for 3 years, and places like China, South America countries, and Africa, helping people and communities as a missionary, before he and his wife moved to U.S. in 2005. He and his wife have two handsome little boys. Working at the International Office in DBU, Luiz counsels many students from more than 60 nations and has the opportunity to travel to several places recruiting and helping students to come and study in U.S.A.
DR. TERESA KENNEDY, AT-LARGE MEMBER
Dr. Teresa Kennedy joined the University of Texas at Tyler in 2009 and holds a joint appointment as Professor of Bilingual/ELL/STEM Education in the College of Education and Psychology and in the College of Engineering. Prior to her work at UT Tyler, she served in several different capacities for NASA's GLOBE Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), responsible for facilitating activities in 112 GLOBE partner countries working with NASA's Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) and the U.S. Department of State. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador and in Argentina, and has traveled to over 100 countries through her work and educational experiences.
Dr. Sukant Misra, At-Large Member
Dr. Sukant Misra is currently serving as Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University. His responsibilities encompass all functions of the Office of International Affairs, including International Education Development (international recruitment, international undergraduate admissions, international student life, sponsored students, study abroad), International Student and Scholar Services, International Research and Development (research collaborations, grants administration, international partnerships, and export control administration), International Relations (international alumni, international art and culture, fundraising), and K-12 Global Education Outreach and OIA Operations (facilities, events, and Passport office), as well as the academic center in Seville, Spain and the first degree-awarding campus in San Jose, Costa Rica. He provides leadership in the development of OIA Strategic Plan and preparation of annual Strategic Plan Assessment Reports, and is responsible for other administrative activities (budgets, infrastructure and technology, communication and marketing, etc.). Before that, he served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) from 2002 to 2014. He has served Texas Tech University in various faculty and administrative capacities since his initial employment as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in 1993. Prior to joining Texas Tech, he was a researcher at the University of Georgia for three years. Beyond his service to the Office of International Affairs, CASNR, and TTU, he has served on several local, state, regional, and national organizations involved in the advancement of higher education.
LILY WANG, PROJECT MANAGER
Lily obtained her Bachelor's of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans for Management and Marketing. On campus, in the NOLA community, and through international travels, she seeks opportunities and challenges to develop a unique collection of meaningful experiences and prepare for the dynamic and uncertain prospects in a world economy. Born in New York City, Lily moved to New Orleans in 2008 and traveled to over eight different countries before turning 20 years old. Just recently she returned from a semester-long study abroad program at Keele University in England. Grounded in her family’s entrepreneurial spirit, Lily aspires to uncover the secrets of how top companies successfully enable and engage employees such that the synergy of talents becomes the wow-inspiring, motivating driver of the organization’s work environment and source of competitive advantage. She perseveres through peaks and valleys with optimistic grit, striving to make the world a better and more beautiful place with integrity and achievement.