James P. Pellow, Ed.D.
President & CEO
Dr. James P. Pellow joined CIEE in June 2011 as the fourth president and CEO in the organization’s over 70-year history. In his time at CIEE, Jim has focused on expanding the core mission of CIEE, increasing access to international exchange for students from all socioeconomic, ethnic, and academic backgrounds by breaking down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture. Under his leadership, CIEE has dramatically increased the financial aid available to students, annually awarding over $8 million in scholarships, grants, and financial aid; funding airfare for Pell-eligible students; and, providing free passports to more than 10,000 students. He has supported new programs and initiatives that encourage greater participation in intercultural exchange, particularly by people from diverse backgrounds, including CIEE’s Open Campus Block Programs, Global Navigator High School summer program, CIEE Camp Exchange USA, and CIEE’s Access Scholarship. Jim led CIEE to invest in the facilities required to support its mission, acquiring or enhancing teaching and learning centers on five continents, renovating CIEE’s headquarters in Portland, Maine, and developing a CIEE administrative hub in South Boston, Massachusetts.
Previously, Jim spent 20 years at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where as executive vice president and chief operations officer, he played a leading role in the transformation of the university from a historically commuter school to a national and international university.
Jim holds a doctorate in education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Niagara University, and an honorary doctorate from Kokushikan University in Japan, awarded for his commitment to global programs and international cultural exchanges.
Jim resides in Boston, Massachusetts.