Acumen are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roger Brindley as President North America. Dr. Brindley brings a wealth of experience and an impressive track record of leadership in academia and international relations to the Acumen team.
Previously serving as the Vice Provost for Global Programmes at Penn State since 2020, Dr. Brindley oversaw a substantial team of professionals managing education abroad programmes, advising international students and scholars, and fostering global partnerships. His strategic approach played a pivotal role in advancing Penn State’s comprehensive international strategy and securing funding for critical international initiatives.
Before joining Penn State, Dr. Brindley held the position of Vice President of USF World at the University of South Florida (USF). During his tenure, he managed global engagement and international student success initiatives, including an eight-year partnership with Sannam S4 and Acumen. In this role, Dr. Brindley oversaw thousands of students from diverse backgrounds, facilitating academic experiences abroad for both students and faculty.
With a remarkable 24-year academic career at USF, Dr. Brindley received prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the USF President’s Award for Faculty Excellence. His commitment to higher education is further exemplified by serving as interim dean of the College of Education, as well as holding positions as Vice Provost and Associate Vice President before assuming the role of Vice President for USF World from 2013 to 2020.
Dr. Brindley’s contributions to higher education extend beyond his administrative roles. He is recognised for his impactful articles in North American and European publications and has served as an editor for three international journals. Dr. Brindley has been a featured speaker at numerous international conferences, showcasing his leadership in the field.
Educated at Middlesex University in London, Dr. Brindley holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours. He further pursued his education with a Master’s in Education from Berry College in Georgia and earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia, Athens.
Founder and Executive Chairman of Acumen, Adrian Mutton, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “With the appointment of Professor Roger Brindley as our President North America, Acumen, part of the Sannam S4 Group welcomes an esteemed leader whose expertise will undoubtedly propel our mission forward and serve as a valuable asset to our university partners. Roger’s commitment to making a positive and measurable impact in international higher education aligns seamlessly with our vision, and together, we embark on a journey to redefine possibilities in the realms of internationalisation.”
When asked about joining Acumen and his new role, Rodger stated “I am delighted to be joining the world-class team at Acumen. For the past 15 years, 10 as a client, it has been my pleasure to work closely with wonderful colleagues at Acumen.
The focus on the needs of higher education including, but never limited to, student recruitment has resulted in sector-leading best practice and true partnership development conducted with experience and integrity. Acumen has an exciting future at a time of extraordinary change in global higher education and is well-placed to lead innovative thought leadership and knowledge exchange for positive change. In doing so, the company is remarkably placed to transform not only hundreds of thousands of individual lives, but the assumptions, systems and processes that underpin international higher education around the world, and most certainly in North America.
I look forward to joining this skilled team and reaching out across the world to assist our partners in achieving their institutional goals”. Dr. Roger Brindley, President, North America, Acumen.
Acumen are confident that Dr. Brindley’s extensive experience and leadership will significantly contribute to the success in North America.