About Us

Meet the USF World Leadership

USF System Vice President, USF World

Roger Brindley, EdD

Roger Brindley, EdD, leads USF World overseeing system-wide global engagement for the University of South Florida (USF), currently ranked 32nd among public institutions in the U.S. by the Times Higher Education World Rankings and Top 50 for public universities in the U.S. by the Academic Ranking for World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2013, USF was a recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. During the 2015-16 year, the university was recognized as a 2016 Peace Corps Top College for undergraduate volunteers and as a Fulbright US Scholar Top Producer.

A USF professor for 20 years, Brindley has received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the USF President's Award for Faculty Excellence, and he was identified as an Honored Professor by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2001. Brindley has written numerous articles in North American and European publications on policy and practice in higher education, has served as editor for three national/international journals, and frequently speaks at international conferences around the world. In 2014, Brindley was elected to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on International Initiatives, and has spoken at national conferences of the APLU, the Association International Education Administrators, as well as the British Council Going Global conference. In 2015, he was elected APLU Executive Chair for the Commission on International Initiatives.


Assistant Vice President for International Admission and Global Partnerships

Glen Besterfield

Glen Besterfield, PhD, has been a member of the Engineering Faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) for 28 years. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri – Rolla), Master's degree from Purdue University, and his Doctoral degree from Northwestern University, all in Mechanical Engineering. During Besterfield's tenure at USF, he has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on private and government grants totaling more than $1 million. He has also co-written a book entitled "Total Quality Management," published by Prentice-Hall.

In 2004, Besterfield moved from the College of Engineering to Undergraduate Studies to serve as Associate Dean. His responsibilities included overseeing a number of university units including undergraduate advising, first generation access programs, academic services for student athletes, tutoring and learning services, first year academic programs, and student success. Then, in 2010, Besterfield assumed the role of Center Director for INTO USF, overseeing all aspects of the INTO USF operation, including academics, student services, finance, admissions, recruiting, marketing, enrollment services, administrative services, and immigration. In fall 2015, Besterfield assumed a new role in addition to his duties with INTO USF, as Assistant Vice President (AVP) for International Admissions and Global Partnerships. Effective spring 2017, he now solely serves as AVP for International Admissions and Global Partnerships, overseeing admissions, recruiting and marketing for USF direct admits and INTO USF Pathway admits, and fostering global partnerships around the world such as 2+2's, dual degrees, student exchanges, and more.


Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs

Kiki Caruson, PhD

Kiki Caruson, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs and serves as the assistant vice president for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs for USF World. As a member of the USF World leadership team, she is responsible for comprehensively mapping USF's global engagement and for promoting the university's international research activities.

Caruson served as a Faculty Fellow with USF Research & Innovation from 2010 to 2014. She is an alumna of the USIEF India Fulbright Program for senior international education administrators (2013) and received USF's Outstanding Faculty Award in 2014. Caruson is an active scholar, teacher and mentor. She has led student research teams to Panama and to India and has twice received USF's Outstanding Teaching Award. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Kosove Scholars Society— a two time recipient of the USF Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year award.

Caruson maintains a vibrant research agenda, including disaster resiliency research in Africa and Asia and is active in numerous professional and community organizations including the ARCS Foundation for Advancing Science in America.


Executive Director, Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies

Mohsen M. Milani, PhD

Mohsen Milani, PhD, is the executive director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies (CSDS) and a professor of politics. He served as a department chair from 1998 to 2012.

An internationally acclaimed scholar, his advice is solicited by private and governmental entities. He has served as a fellow at Harvard, Oxford, and Foscari University (Italy). Since 2002, he has given more than 100 lectures in 20 countries. An author of a classic book on the causes of Iran's Revolution, he has published more than 60 academic pieces, including "Iran's Policy toward the U.S," "The Ayatollah's Game Plan," "Rouhani's Foreign Policy," and "Meet Me in Baghdad," all in Foreign Affairs."

He has been interviewed/quoted in The New York Times; The Economist; BBC, Der Spiegel; Le Monde; The Washington Post; The Wall Street Journal; The Atlantic; Forbes; CNN; ABC Nightline; NPR; Chuo-Koron (Japan); Avvenenire (Italy); Publico (Portugal); Nepszabadsag (Hungary); and Globo News (Brazil).