Wells College recently welcomed Anthony Mandela, an experienced international educational professional, as its new director of global education. Mandela—who comes to Wells with expertise in international travel, program management and leadership—will oversee the International Programs office and promote international educational opportunities as part of the College’s strategic plan.
“Anthony Mandela’s extensive experience in global student affairs and firsthand experiences abroad make him the ideal person to lead the revitalization of our international program opportunities as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jonathan Gibralter, president of Wells College. “He will be an invaluable resource to our students and they will greatly benefit from his expertise and guidance,” he added.
Mandela comes to Wells from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where, as program manager, he spearheaded initiatives to streamline and digitize study-abroad applications and to increase enrollment in faculty-led, short-term programs. Anthony has also held professional international education positions at the University of South Dakota and Anqing Foreign Language Institute in Anqing, China. Throughout his career he has traveled to Alaska, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala and Spain. He also lived abroad in Nicaragua for two years.
At his most recent position with the Anqing Foreign Language Institute, Mandela taught English to high school students in the school’s international program, planned and executed campus events, and worked as a study abroad ambassador. At Hobart and William Smith’s Center for Global Education, he managed a portfolio of short-term and semester-long programs, conducted site visits and built a new application system using the Terra Dotta online platform. During his time at the University of South Dakota, he was the primary advisor for all study-abroad and national student exchange programs; counseled students on program costs, finances, scholarships and credit transfers; and conducted pre-departure, health and safety, and re-entry orientations for study-abroad participants.
“The higher education landscape is shifting rapidly, and we are entering a new era in the study-abroad field. It’s an exciting time, but also a challenging one. I was drawn to Wells because the director position offered the perfect blend of program development, student recruitment, marketing, financial management and program oversight duties,” said Mandela. “Everyone has been so warm and welcoming, and I’m looking forward to working with the Wells community to expand the global reach of the College, grow and diversify the Wells in Florence program, enrich our portfolio of international partnerships, and increase access to high-impact global experiences for our students.”
Mandela earned a B.A. in business finance and management with a concentration in organizational leadership, plus minors in Spanish and religious studies, at Cedarville University and his MBA with a concentration in economic development from Eastern University. He is also fluent in Spanish, and is a wilderness emergency medical technician.