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International Student and Scholar Services
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 — Assistant Director

  • Brandon S. McLeod — International Scholar AdvisorBrandon first joined the University of Mississippi in November. He serves as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). He is the current International Student Services Representative for the Mississippi Association of International Educators (MAIE).
  • Since 2018, he has been a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps and a Trainer Corps Ambassador since 2020. He is authorized to lead NAFSA CEP trainings in Filing Academic H-1Bs, J-1 Advising Beginner and Intermediate, F-1 Student Advising for Beginners, Assessment and Evaluation for International Educators, and Intercultural Communication in Practice .
  • He 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). Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Higher Education at the University of Mississippi.
  • Before joining UM, Brandon taught English to speakers of other languages at the University of South Alabama, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and in Japan. He 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.

Oana Najjar – International Faculty and Scholar Advisor

  • Oana Najjar - International Faculty and Scholar AdvisorOana (pronounced Wan-ah) is originally from Iasi, Romania. She lived in Belgium for an extended period of time before moving, in 2004, to the US. She has earned degrees in 3 different educational systems: Eastern European, Western European and US. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she has traveled across Europe to multiple destinations.
  • She joined the University of Mississippi in 2012 as an academic counselor for the School of Engineering where, among other responsibilities, she provided academic assistance to the international student cohorts.
  • She joined ISSS in July 2021 as the International Scholar Advisor.
  • For fun? Traveling with her family, gardening, biking and spending time outdoors.
  • Bucket list: Be among the audience for the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert.

Tori Goodman – International Student AdvisorTori Goodman's Picture

  • Tori joined the University of Mississippi as an International Programs Student Advisor in July 2021. She earned a B.A. degree from Dominican University (Illinois) in 2016. There, she double majored in American History and European History, and she minored in Black World Studies and English. She also studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria for one semester. Along with this, Tori also earned her M.A.T. degree with a focus on Secondary Social Studies from Liberty University’s online program in 2020.
  • From 2016 to 2021, Tori lived and worked outside of the United States. Her first year abroad was spent as an Au Pair with a lovely family in Dortmund, Germany. Then, four years flew by in Casablanca, Morocco, where she taught a range of ELS students. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is currently informally learning how to read and write Arabic; what plants can be foraged in the Southeastern United States; and how many books she can read in a month over her lunch break. Tori loves to learn about other people, cultures, music, languages, and places (especially the flora and fauna)!

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.