Andrea Thomas, Ed.D.
Dr. Andrea Thomas is a leader in virtual exchange with an outstanding track record for delivering transformative results to build and scale international programming in higher education. Disruptor and change agent, Andrea has worked with 35 universities globally as an institutional mentor to design effective programming for digital community and international peer to peer learning through Virtual Exchange and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).
Andrea was the Senior International Officer (SIO) at Farmingdale State College and a Fellow for the Association of International Educators Administrators (AIEA) in 2019. She has worked with the American Council on Education (ACE) and The SUNY COIL Center on Virtual Exchange.
Andrea began her career at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where she focused on Ethics and operations within international development.
She earned a Doctorate at the University of Southern California (USC), Rossier School of Education where she studied Global Education Leadership and Administration with rotations in Hong Kong, Finland and Qatar. Andrea is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Kyrgyz Republic and speaks Russian, Kyrgyz, and Spanish languages. She has lived and worked in Central Asia, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South America.