GIIS Staff and Mission

Our Team


Mike McDonald
Assistant Vice President  for International Programs, Professor of Anthropology
Office: RH0124
Phone: 239-590-7212
Tim Gjini
Associate Director, Global Initiatives & International Services 
Office: RH121
Phone: 239-590-7690
Assistant Director, Global Initiatives and International Services (Outbound)
Office: RH113
Phone: 239-590-1494
Carey Fells
Coordinator, Global Initiatives and International Services 
Office: RH122
Phone: 239-590-7475
Julie leyden
Administrative Assistant 
Office: RH122
Phone: 239-590-7925

Our Mission

GEO promotes Global learning in three complementary domains:  In the first, we provide resources to internationalize the FGCU curricula and direct students with interest in international education toward study abroad, exchange programs and international internships that best suit their interests and goals.  Second, GEO serves as the University's compliance unit for federal regulations relating to international students and scholars.  We work to assist, inform and empower international students and scholars in their transitions to life in the US and the FGCU campus.  And finally, GEO cultivates a climate of curiosity about the world and an embrace of diversity through co-curricular programs and recreational activities that bring the world to the FGCU campus for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff and neighbors in the communities that surround FGCU.