Leadership Team

Uttam Gaulee


Uttam Gaulee, Ph.D., is a scholar of international higher education. His research interests include community college systems, diaspora studies, interdisciplinary perspectives on education policy, global citizenship, and cross-cultural issues in international development and geopolitics. An associate professor in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University, Dr. Gaulee is an advocate of community college as a vehicle for social progress and economic development in and beyond the U.S. He recently edited a volume on Global Adaptations of Community College Infrastructure. Dr. Gaulee has devoted two decades of his academic and professional life promoting solutions related to student success, workforce development, and institutional effectiveness. While serving as program director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Bellwether College Consortium during 2015-16, he collaborated with multiple national commissions and councils of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to evaluate and promote best practices among community colleges and hosted national policy summits on workforce development, reverse transfer, and talent pipeline management.

Chris R. Glass

Vice President of Research and Public Policy


Dr. Chris R. Glass is Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Director at Old Dominion University. He takes a social psychological approach to researching issues in American higher education, with an interest in how the presence of others affects educational outcomes such as achievement, motivation, and social development. His research and writing focus on international students, MOOCs, and publicly engaged scholarship. His recent book is International student engagement: Strategies for creating inclusive, connected and purposeful campus environments.

Krishna Bista

Vice President of Education Services

downloadDr. Krishna Bista is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University. His research focuses on college student experiences related to classroom participation, perceptions of academic integrity, faculty-student relationships, the role of advisors, and cross-cultural teaching and learning strategies in higher education. Previously, Dr. Bista served as the director of Global Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he was Chase Endowed Professor of Education in the School of Education.

Dr. Bista’s recent book is Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences in Higher Education: Tensions and Issues (Routledge, New York). Dr. Bista is the Founding Editor of the Journal of International Students, a quarterly publication on international higher education. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Dr. Bista presents annually at national and international conferences—American Educational Research Association, Comparative and International Educational Society, and Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Harry Bhandari

Vice President of Political Affairs &  Trustee

Harry Bhandari has lived the American Dream. Born in rural Nepal, his first job was as an English teacher, school textbook author, principal and lecturer in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Twelve years ago, he was invited to present a scholarly paper at George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia; his American journey started upon receiving his U.S. Citizenship. He attended Johns Hopkins University to continue his higher education and now teaches in the Baltimore City schools as well as served as adjunct faculty at Baltimore City Community College. Harry also served as national secretary of Young Democrats of America (YDA) Minority Caucus and board of director in district six democratic and civic association club. He also volunteered as president of Linover Community Association. He was appointed by Councilwoman Cathy Bevins to serve as a member of the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC), and is a advocate for more bike lanes across the Baltimore. Harry is the recipient of 2017 Baltimore County Asian American Award. In 2016 presidential election, he founded an organization Nepali for Hillary and actively mobilized the volunteers in more than dozen states in the U.S.. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. at Language, Literary, and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He believes that the full potential of our country lies in diversity. He and his wife have two children and reside in Baltimore County.

Tenure: First elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018. Member of the House since January 9, 2019.
Current Assignments: 2019- Health and Government Operations Committee
2019- Insurance and Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2019- Health Occupations and Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2019- Secretary, Maryland Legislative Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Caucus, Inc. (Member, 2019, Treasurer, 2019, Chair, Outreach Committee, )Check session legislation here

Don Jones, Vice President of

Strategic Partnerships & Trustee

Don JonesDr. Don Jones, is Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services – Western Region at Belhaven University, United States. He has earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. Clergy in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, brigade XO of Military Police in the Mississippi State Guard, co-author of two textbooks and several peer-reviewed articles pertaining to business, education, and military history.

Sanoya Amienyi

Vice President of Finance & Trustee

Dr. Sanoya Amenyi is Adjunct Professor at Arkansas State University, United States. She is an expert of parental education, social media in higher education and international education. Her recent articles appear in the Journal of International Students and Journal of Interdisciparly Studies in Education. She has a doctoral degree in higher education/educational leadership, and a special degree in community college teaching.

Marvin Perry

Vice President of Business Development & Trustee

Marvin Perry is a MSU GESTAR Project Coordinator for Morgan State University. Also responsible for GESTAR/ NASA contract mentorship program, ensuring that all interns, faculty and mentors devote the appropriate amount of time towards mentoring and working with interns.  Report directly to the VP of Research Innovation Advocacy, by supporting the VP in coordinating projects and/or GESTAR activities under the MSU- GESTAR/ NASA TEAM project.  Responsible for managing, scheduling and communicating with the MSU-GESTAR NASA scientist and coordinating meetings and event activities.  Create and distribute needed materials for meetings and/or workshops for GESTAR related projects and assist interns in transportation needs.IRB meeting Coordinator:  assist in the applications submission process for the IRB Board.  Responsible for keeping the minutes and updating the IRB spreadsheets.  Met with IRB applicants and made sure the IRB application forms were filled out correctly. Work with the VP of Research Innovation Advocacy, in proposal writing and pre-awards activities. Assist staff in coordinating and photographing DRED events.

Edward J. Valeau

Vice President of Executive Innovation and Workforce Development

Edward J. Valeau, Ed.D. is Superintendent-President Emeritus of Hartnell Community College located in Salinas, California, where he served for 12 years. He is also President Emeritus of California Colleges for International Education. Ed is an American Council on Education Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. He is the co-author of several books including his latest contribution, Handbook of Comparative Studies on Community Colleges and Global Counterparts, which explores the complexities of community colleges and global counterparts by focusing on critical analysis of governance, leadership, and mission. These complexities represent emerging and evolving phenomena that impact the institutions’ ability to a) serve students; b) offer sound curricula; c) admit and retain students; d) increase completion rates; e) create viable and sustained partnerships locally and internationally; f) address the needs of unique populations; g) funding and sustainability, and h) support staff development to enhance faculty and staff excellence. This work introduces and elaborates upon these topics to highlight not only the challenges of the field in a variety of countries worldwide, but to also begin to build comparative understanding of the field at large.

Dr. Valeau is the founder and Senior Partner of the Executive Leadership Solutions (ELS) Group, a national Chief Executive Search firm located in Northern California. Dr. Valeau received his doctoral degree from the University of California with emphasis on Leadership Development and Organizational Behavior.

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Media & Communication Coordinator

23032753_10155867545158829_9154191433040132600_nKhadijah Z. Ali-Coleman has built an expansive interdisciplinary career as a professional in higher education, media, student development and the arts. She is editor of three literary print and digital anthologies, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist awardee and a founder of Student Media Online, Liberated Muse Arts Group, and So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA).  Since 2011, she has served as teaching faculty  at colleges and universities in the United States Mid-Atlantic region, including Community College of Baltimore County, Prince George’s Community College and Morgan State University. Her research interest in technology-driven instruction, high impact practices and African-American home-schooled students who are dual-enrolled in community college was inspired by her work as a Communication Studies instructor and student affairs practitioner coupled with her role as a parent of a home-schooled high school student taking college courses. She is the 2018-2019 Member At-Large of the Maryland College Personnel Association and a doctoral student in the Community College Leadership program at Morgan State University.