Dr. Samuel Martin-Barbero named to Edu Alliance Group Advisory Council

Bloomington, Indiana October 19, 2020 – Ed Alliance Group Managing Partner Dean Hoke announced today Dr. Samuel Martin-Barbero has been named to the Advisory Council.

Dr. Martin-Barbero currently serves as Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the University of Miami (Florida, US). Previously, he has held the position of Rector/President at University Camilo José Cela, in Madrid (Spain) and Chairman (ex officio) at Foundation University Camilo José Cela. He was Founding-Dean and Professor at IE School of Communication-IE University, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at IE Business School and, Secretary-General of the International Advisory Board at IE University. He worked as Project Manager for Education and Technology at Telefónica Group at a corporate level after some years as a Reporter in the Culture Section for Prisa Media Group (CNN Spain and Cadena Ser).

Samuel Martin Barbero has been an active member of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) in Informed Societies and the Knowledge Advisory Board, both belonging to the World Economic Forum (WEF, in Switzerland), as well as a member of the Board of Directors of DIRCOM (Spanish Association of Communication Directors). He frequently writes on transnational higher education trends and challenges for specialized publications such as Times Higher Education, Higher Education Policy Institute, The Conversation, and World Economic Forum-Agenda blog. Samuel is currently a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the academic journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (US). He holds an additional professional background in consultancy, media, and telecom industries.

Mr. Hoke stated, “Dr. Martin-Barbero is a senior executive and university thought leader with proven global, strategic, innovative, and cross-disciplinary experience. He brings expertise and depth in European and United States higher education organizational change and curriculum reform. He is an outstanding addition to our Advisory Council, who help and support Edu Alliance and our clients worldwide.”

Current North American Advisory Council Members of the Edu Alliance Group are:

  • Thomas Delaney, technology consultant and previously Vice President of Global Technology and Chief Global Technology Officer at New York University
  • Dr. Denise Gifford, Associate Provost American University Ras al Khaimah
  • Dr. Candance Goodwin, Executive Coach, and former university President and Vice President
  • Dr. Stephen Jones, President/CEO of Great Blue Heron and past Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks 
  • Dr. Cheryl King workforce development expert and past President of Kentucky Wesleyan University  
  • Dr. Daniel King, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Administrators
  • Dr. Allen Meadors, former President of St. John International University in Torino, Italy
  • Jay Noren M.D., Founding Director of Masters of Healthcare Administration program, the University of Illinois-Chicago and former President of Wayne State University
  • Marci Powell, online learning expert, and CEO of Marci Powell and Associates
  • Dr. Barry Ryan, accreditation expert and President Emeritus of Sophia University
  • Ken Salomon, Chair Thompson Coburn Lobbying and Policy Group.

Edu Alliance Group, Inc. (EAG) is an education consulting firm located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Bloomington, Indiana USA. We assist higher education institutions worldwide on a variety of mission critical projects. Our consultants are accomplished university / college leaders who share the benefit of their experience to diagnose and solve challenges.

EAG has provided consulting and successful solutions for higher education institutions in Australia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda,  United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Edu Alliance offers higher education institutions consulting services worldwide. Our US office specializes in assisting universities on international projects and partnerships. If you like to know more how Edu Alliance can best serve you, please contact Dean Hoke at dean.hoke@edualliancegroup.com 

EDU ALLIANCE Group Welcomes Three New Members to Advisory Council

Bloomington, Indiana October 28, 2019 – Edu Alliance Group Managing Partner of North America Dean Hoke announced today that Thomas Delaney, Dr. Candace Goodwin, and Dr. Cheryl King are named to the North America Advisory Council.

Tom.Delaney.headshot.2013.v2-2Mr. Delaney is an independent technology expert who has recently consulted on a variety of organizations in the education, smart city, corporate risk, and logistics markets.  He was Vice President of Global Technology and Chief Global Technology Officer at New York University and a member of the University Leadership Team that orchestrated the design and development of campuses throughout the world. Mr. Delaney was personally responsible for global technology strategy across NYU’s functional areas and coordinated the university’s IT operations throughout its 16 sites across the world, including New York City, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi.

candace goodwin-oct.-2018v2Dr. Goodwin is an Executive Coach and consultant with over 30 years of executive leadership experience, directing innovation and change, leading teams, and providing organizational & leadership development. Candace has designed and delivered workshops in areas such as: Coaching Skills for Leaders, Growth Mindset, Powerful Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Strategic Planning, and Goal Setting, and Employee Engagement.  She has worked in higher education for most of her 30-year career for a variety of institutions and served as a Vice President, Senior Vice President of Enrollment, and President.

Cheryl King headshotDr. King, an expert in the field of workforce development, has dedicated her career focusing on adult and postsecondary education at the state and national levels. Recently she has worked with the Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs program as a State Advisor to help states achieve the Foundation’s goal of 60% of U.S. adults with college degrees, certificates, or quality credentials by 2025. She has served as President of Kentucky Wesleyan College and a number of state government posts and task forces including the commission that led to the development and ultimate passage of Kentucky Adult Education Act in 2000, and as Senior Policy Advisor for Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to develop competency-based education options to help adults to be successful and complete a credential or degree.

“Edu Alliance is honored to welcome Tom, Candace, and Cheryl to the Advisory Council,” said Managing Partner Dean Hoke. “Their expertise in higher education and government in the fields of educational technology, coaching, and workforce development adds a new level of expertise and depth to our small college and university and international higher education clientele. They are tremendous additions to our Edu Alliance Advisory Council, who help and support our clients.”

Current North America Advisory Council Members of the Edu Alliance Group are:

Dr. Roger Brown, retired Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Dr. Denise Gifford, Associate Provost American University Ras al Khaimah; Dr. Stephen Jones, former Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Dr. Daniel King, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Administrators; Dr. Allen Meadors, former President of St. John International University in Torino Italy; Jay Noren M.D., former President of Wayne State University; Marci Powell, CEO of Marci Powell and Associates; and Ken Salomon, Chair Thompson Coburn Lobbying and Policy Group.


cropped-edu-alliance-logo-square1.jpgEdu Alliance Group, Inc. is a unique boutique management consulting company founded in 2014 with offices in Bloomington, Indiana, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company focuses on the education sector providing support to small colleges and universities in the United States and higher education institutions outside the US.  The firm and its partners are experienced practitioners who take a pragmatic evidence-based approach rather than an abstract theoretical perspective.

Edu Alliance provides a diverse group of distinguished higher education professionals to research, plan, and execute programs. The partners and advisory members are available for consulting projects worldwide. Consultancy work includes:

  • Small College and University advisory services: feasibility studies, due diligence review, business plans,partnership agreements, mergers, and accreditation
  • Market Research, communications, enrollment evaluation planning, marketing research, and branding
  • International Strategic Planning and Partnerships
  • Executive and Key Faculty Search for International Universities
  • Educational Technology strategies and implementation


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