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Whitworth Associate Dean of International Education Nicholas McKinney Elected to ISEP Council of Advisors

June 17, 2024

Nicholas McKinney, Whitworth’s associate dean of international education, has been elected to the International Student Exchange Program’s (ISEP) Council of Advisors.

The council serves as an advisory board to the ISEP Board of Directors and is comprised of current international education practitioners. 

ISEP is one of the largest international exchange organizations in the field of international education. For more than 40 years, it has partnered with universities around the world and has grown into the largest global community for study, internship and volunteer abroad programs. Its mission is to break down financial and academic barriers to make study abroad accessible for all. 

ISEP is both a study abroad avenue for Whitworth students and a pathway for Whitworth to receive incoming international exchange students. Whitworth has been a member of ISEP for 37 years and is one of its longest-standing members. 

“Being selected among a nationwide pool of international education professionals to serve on this ISEP Council is a great honor and shines a light on Whitworth’s long history of partnership with ISEP and commitment to internationalization,” McKinney says. “This council gives me the opportunity to help shape ISEP’s vision and program future, which in turn will serve our own students and their study abroad opportunities for years to come.

Whitworth’s international education office has seen the number of international students increase by 10 percent since McKinney began working at the university in 2018. Whitworth has also seen an increase in the diversity of countries that participate in the program. 

ISEP currently has more than 150 member institutions in more than 50 countries. McKinney’s three-year term will begin July 1.

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 


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