Boca Raton, Florida February, 1, 2019 – American Higher Education Alliance (AHEA), a non-profit organization serving higher education institutions in the United States and around the world, has named Benjamin Shank as Chief Executive Officer. 

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the talented team of executive leaders at AHEA and with higher education institution professionals to enhance the global learning community and

contribute to the development of future leaders through international education and experience,” said Shank. “AHEA’s vision and mission align and resonate with so many, and I am looking forward to helping our member universities and colleges lead in this space,” Shank added.

“Ben is an experienced and talented leader who is passionate about international higher education,” said AHEA’s founder Zhanjun Niohuru. “I am confident that with Ben’s leadership, we will continue to advance AHEA’s mission of serving both higher education institutions and students around the world,” continued Niohuru.

Before assuming the leadership of AHEA, Mr. Shank’s strong commitment to advancing international learning led him to dedicate 15 years of his professional career to higher education institutions, cultivating his vast credentials in global education and international cultural exchanges. Shank’s passion for global educationand dedicated leadership transformed Keiser University; originally a commuter University, it now is regarded as an international University with a diverse body of students from around the world. Shank oversaw the development and coordination of policies and procedures carried out by over 3,500 employees at 17 individual campus locations, the establishment and subsequent accreditation of two international campuses, and the creation of strategic global partnerships. His belief that global education is the future of instruction is clearly evident in his transformative, passionate experience at Keiser University.

He is a sought-after speaker and has presented at professional education conferences on a range of topics pertaining to global leadership and engagement. Mr. Shank is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Deborah and children in Parkland, Florida. Shank is a member of NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and American Council on Education (ACE). He is a native of Hannover, Pennsylvania.

AHEA is a non-profit educational organization that seeks to lower barriers to international education through content, connection, and leadership and stand by institutions of higher education to make a difference in their students’ academic and career success.

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