Meet the Staff
James (Jim) Gehlhar
Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs
(PhD, Edinburgh University, Scotland;
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
The Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs directs the ECU Office of International Affairs and assists the entire campus in its extensive program of internationalization at every level. After having directed the University of Tennessee Center for International Education and worked in the University of Michigan International Center, Jim Gehlhar began work at ECU and in Greenville in July 2008. Among his numerous national and international roles, Jim was the 2008 Chair of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, long served on the Board of Directors of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), an academic consortium in which ECU is very active, and is now on the Executive Board of the UNC Exchange Program. In addition to conducting wide international travel for both work and pleasure, Jim has resided for extended periods in Turkey, Lebanon, Iran and Scotland.
(B.A. Anthropology, East Carolina University)
(PhD, The Catholic University of America; MA, The American University; BA, Franklin & Marshall College)
At ECU since August 2010, Rai directs ECULA, the new Language Academy, an intensive ESL program, which increases non-native fluency in the English language and prepares students for regular admission to the university. Rai has taught ESL, English, French, Spanish and German languages, literature, politics, history and film at universities in the US and overseas and is particularly interested in Medieval Studies and Occitan poetry and culture. A British citizen, Rai has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, and Asia. As Dean of Continuing Studies at Mount Vernon College (now part of The George Washington University), she planned, developed and implemented a successful graduate school. She has also been vice president of an international management-consulting firm, working with The World Bank, OECD, ADB, governments and private industry as well as executive director of an educational nonprofit foundation in Washington, DC.
(AA Court Reporting/Stenography, Lenoir County Community College)
Mrs. Dumpor has been employed with East Carolina University since 2008 and has been a career employee with the state of North Carolina since 1992.
In her present position, she serves as an advocate for students and scholars on both Main Campus and for The Brody School of Medicine ensuring a smooth transition into the US and campus life.
Sandy assists with advising and filing of J1 and other non-immigrant visa status in compliance with Federal regulations to secure the required documentation through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State. She also works closely with other staff members in the Office of International Affairs to provide each and every foreign student and scholar an opportunity to excel in their area of expertise. Sandy encourages the sharing of culture, interests, and ideas to promote a greater understanding and appreciation for every community.
Assistant Director for Education Abroad
(M.A. Education, University of Northern Iowa; B.A. Advertising, Iowa State University)
Katie has been at ECU since September 2011. Previously, she had been at Baylor University’s Center for International Education for 4 years. Katie is responsible for promoting education abroad at ECU, working with ECU students who wish to go overseas as well as working with international students who do their study abroad at ECU.
Katie studied in Swansea, Wales during her junior year while attending Iowa State University. She has also spent summers working with an organization called Camp Adventure that led her to work as a lifeguard and swim instructor for U.S. Military dependents on bases overseas in Korea, Japan and Singapore.
Katie is really passionate about study abroad and hopes that one day all college students will go abroad. Come by and say hello and plan your study abroad experience!
Assistant Director of International Student Advisement
(EdD, East Carolina University; MEd, Kent State University; BS, Ohio University)
Bill has been the Assistant Director of International Student Advisement at East Carolina University since July of 2003. Previously he served eleven years as the International Student Adviser at a college in Brooklyn, New York. At ECU his responsibilities include the development, implementation and evaluation of all programs that support international students. He also ensures that the University is in compliance with United States immigration policies and assists faculty with implementing Summer-study abroad programs. Bill plans and directs the international student orientation program and is currently partnering with other ECU departments on special projects that will assist and connect our international student population. Furthermore, he earned a doctoral degree in the College of Education with a concentration in educational leadership in May 2007 from ECU.
Outside of ECU, Bill is very involved in local and state youth soccer and has been a coach and referee since his oldest son began playing 2001. He finds coaching soccer to be very rewarding and enjoys teaching young players the sport. Bill is married to Rita and they have two sons, Maximilian and John Carlo.
Education Abroad Advisor
(Masters, Universidad de Alcalá; B.A., Drury University)
Whitney joined the Office of International Affairs as the Education Abroad Advisor in August of 2012. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Drury University (Springfield, Missouri) in French, Spanish, and Mathematics, as well as a Master’s Degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the Universidad de Alcalá (Alcalá de Henares, Spain). As an undergraduate she studied for a summer in Cannes, France, and Madrid, Spain.
After working in Spain and France for 3 years teaching English, Whitney’s appreciation for international living led her to want to share that experience with others. She is at ECU to help promote the globalization of the student body, and guide the students as they make their study abroad dreams come true.
If you would like to begin to plan your semester or year abroad, please contact Whitney to get the ball rolling!
Jenny Klara Roberts
Assistant Director of Admissions
(B.A. Art History, ECU; M.S. Counselor Education, ECU)
Jenny was born and raised in Iceland. In 1999 she moved to Greenville, NC to attend ECU. Upon graduation she started her career with ECU's Undergraduate Admissions Office and recruited new Pirates for nine years. While with Undergraduate Admissions Jenny served the liaison with the Office of International Affairs working with domestic international students. She has traveled both internationally and nationally recruiting students for ECU and educating students about the application process. Her education includes a B.A. in Art History and M.S. in Counselor Education, both from East Carolina University. Jenny joined the Office of International Affairs in September, 2012 to recruit international students, assist them through the application process and market ECU internationally.
DIHLP & ECULA Program Coordinator
(MA, BA East Carolina University)