OGE – Office of International Programs

University of Mississippi

About us


Jean Robinson — DirectorJean at desk

  • Jean hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. She joined the Office of International Programs in 1991 (first as a student worker) and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
  • Jean serves as the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) and has been a trainer in the field of international student, faculty and staff advising at the regional and national levels with the Association of International Educators’ Trainer Corps (NAFSA), the International Student and Scholar Services representative for NAFSA Region VII, a board member of StudyMississippi, and the International Student Services Representative for the Mississippi Association of International Educators (MAIE)
  • For fun? Jean relishes her time with family, tending her organic garden, baking and making vegetarian food.
  • On the “bucket list”? Learn how to play the guitar.

Brandon S. McLeod — International Programs Advisor

Brandon S. McLeod — International Scholar Advisor

  • Brandon S. McLeod joined the University of Mississippi in November 2015 as the International Scholar Advisor.
  • Brandon is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from Spring Hill College with his B.A. in English with minors in Philosophy and French (2007), From the University of South Alabama with his M.A. in English (2009), and from The University of Southern Mississippi with his Graduate Certificate in TESOL (2015) and Master of Arts in Teaching Languages in TESOL (2016).
  • Before coming to UM, Brandon taught English to speakers of other languages at the University of South Alabama, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and in Japan.
  • Brandon has taught students from over 55 different countries. He loves working with and learning from the international community and is always looking for opportunities to promote and engage in internationalism.

Rachel Leiter — International Student Advisor

  • Rachel joined the Office of International Programs in November 2016 as the International Student Advisor. She was born and raised in Hawai’i and Oregon and calls both “home” as they shaped her cultural foundations in life. She moved to Orlando, Florida to attend the University of Central Florida and graduated with a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations.
  • Before coming to The University of Mississippi, Rachel worked for nine years with a non-profit organization at universities in Orlando, Florida; Gainesville, Florida; and Rome, Italy.
  • Rachel’s most enriching life experience has been the two years she lived and worked in Rome, Italy. Learning the Italian way of life and befriending Italians who are now more like family has led her to add another “home” to the list of places dear to her. She continues to search the U.S.A. for the best pizza napoletana authentic to those she enjoyed eating while in Italy. If you have any authentic Italian restaurant suggestions, be sure to let her know.
  • While living in Europe, her favorite places visited include Barcelona, Santorini, London, Belfast, Venezia and Salerno, Italy. In addition to traveling, Rachel enjoys going to sporting events (especially baseball) and being anywhere near the ocean.

Kay Tyler — International AdmissionsKay Tyler

  • Kay grew up in Conway, Arkansas and joined the Office of International Programs more than 30 years ago. She is a graduate of Hendrix College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.
  • Kay’s expertise at the Office of International Programs lies in the assessment of foreign academic credentials to their U.S. equivalence, and in assisting international students through the application processes and procedures.
  • For fun? Playing bridge, baking bread, and spending time with her five grandchildren.
  • On the “bucket list”? Meet with a student from every country in the world!Photo by Nathan Latil

Donna Chappell — International Admissions Coordinator

  • Donna is a graduate of The University of Mississippi, and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems in 1991.
  • Donna joined the staff of International Programs in August of 2005, bringing 14 years of university IT experience with her!
  • For fun? Donna enjoys international cuisines, including Vietnamese lemongrass chicken and spring rolls; Chinese dim sum, and a variety of dishes from India.
  • On the “bucket list”? Spend more time with her whole family, including her two wonderful daughters and three grandchildren.

Christy Bray Jones — Administrative Coordinator I

  • Christy is a native of Oxford, Mississippi. She joined the Office of International programs in 2015, bringing five years of Admissions experience.
  • Christy graduated in 1998 from The University of Mississippi earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in History.
  • For fun? Christy loves spending time with her family and friends, travel, cooking/baking and photography.
  • On the “bucket list”? Christy would like to travel the world.