Gretchen Dobson, Ed.D., Global Alumni Expert

About Gretchen Dobson, Ed.D., Vice President, International Alumni & Graduate Services and Managing Director, Australia
With over 23 years of experience in higher education and constituent relations, Dr. Gretchen Dobson is a global alumni expert leading institutions, governments and member-based organizations towards sustainable international alumni engagement strategies and solutions. Her specialties include international alumni relations strategy, international alumni and academic partnerships, international student-alumni programs, and volunteer management for groups of all sizes and backgrounds. Dobson also provides professional coaching for international alumni relations, development, admissions and academic officers new to global engagement practices.  In her current position as head of Academic Assembly’s International Alumni & Graduate Services, she delivers these services as part of the company’s broad reaching portfolio of services.


Dr. Dobson is the author of Being Global: Making the Case for International Alumni Relations (CASE Books, 2011), the International Travel Handbook: Engaging Constituents Abroad (Academic Impressions, 2014), and edited Staying Global: How International Alumni Relations Advances the Agenda (EAIE, 2015). A new publication surveying global alumni relations at business schools around the world will commence this year. She was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the leading “Innovators in Internationalization” for her work at Tufts University. She serves as Board Chair of United Planet, a global network of leaders and volunteers fostering cross-cultural understanding and addressing shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

Dobson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Boston College, and her Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She is based in Brisbane, with offices in Boston, Chengdu (PRC), Delhi and London.

Gretchen Dobson CV 2016

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Benefits of working with Gretchen Dobson and Academic Assembly.

Spend a couple days being informed by us, and you and your staff will be able to:

  • Think holistically about how international alumni and your institution share a lifelong relationship
  • Develop an international alumni ambassadors program to assist with international student recruitment
  • Create budgets and infrastructure to support both short and long-term planning
  • Plan new and improved international events
  • Identify, develop and/or expand international volunteer management opportunities and practices
  • Incorporate international alumni relations into strategy to strengthen academic and overall institutional reputation
  • Stimulate more international donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Build efficiencies across departments and institution with respect to international and domestic outreach and engagement
  • Benchmark progress and measure the return on investment in terms of “time, talent, treasure – and networks.”