International Affairs Staff

staff headshotCaroline Clasby
| Director, International Admissions and Recruitment
615-898-5674 | Jones Hall 114 |

Caroline oversees both international recruitment efforts and undergraduate and graduate admissions. She is responsible for strategically planning what countries we visit and helps develop university relationships as part of MTSU’s  multipronged recruitment plan. She leads all international admission processes and policies and works to make sure our processes are following nation-wide university best practices.

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Tammy Freeze | Secretary
615-904-8190 | Jones Hall

Tammy serves as the primary contact for the International Enrollment and Services Office. She provides general information to guests, takes messages, and routes calls as needed. She also greets and assists visitors to the International Enrollment and Services Office, responds to general questions and directs inquiries to the appropriate staff or other offices of MTSU.

staff headshotSarah L. Glass | Coordinator, Admissions and Recruitment
615-898-2514 | Jones Hall 108 |

Sarah is responsible for assisting international undergraduate students with the admission process at MTSU.  She provides information and guidance for student success at MTSU.  She provides support to the admissions team and director of admissions and recruitment.


Cindy Habara | Director, International Student and Scholar Services

615-494-8643 | Jones Hall 117 |

Cindy oversees all immigration compliance matters at Middle Tennessee State University as well as activities sponsored by International Affairs for enrolled and newly admitted students.  She is responsible for ensuring the university and its students are aligned with the USCIS and SEVIS regulations. In addition, Cindy advises students and scholars on maintaining their immigration status while studying and working in the United States. She also counsels students as they apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and other F and J visa benefits. Cindy has extensive international experience, having lived in Japan for over two decades and raising two bi-cultural children.   

Mei Han

Mei Han, Ph.D. | Director, Center for Chinese Music and Culture
615-898-5718 | Miller Education Center 1600 |

An associate professor in the School of Music, Dr. Han serves as the director for the Center for Chinese Music and Culture. Dr. Han is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Chinese music and an internationally acclaimed concert artist on the zheng (Chinese long zither). She is responsible for planning and conducting international music and cultural programming and events. She helps bring Chinese and other music of the world to local communities and to build bridges.

staff photoNathan Huddleston | International Specialist
615-494-7667 | Jones Hall 119 |

Nathan has been an International Education professional for over seven years; beginning at the secondary education level on the tiny Pacific Island of Saipan. After two years on the island and nearly five years as an advisor and SEVIS Coordinator at Texas A&M University, Nathan is excited to join the team at International Affairs as an International Specialist. Nathan enjoys analyzing international student data and finding creative solutions to complex international student issues.

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Joe Leestma | Education Abroad Advisor
615-494-7638 | Jones Hall 153 |

Joe Leestma joined the Education Abroad Office as an Advisor in Spring 2022. Prior to higher education, Joe worked as a refugee resettlement agent, career counselor, and cheese monger. Joe hails from Northern Michigan, but has lived long-term in both Uruguay and New Mexico. Before earning a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2015, Joe spent extensive time traveling and studying in Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. 

image of staff member, Stephen MastersonStephen Masterson, MBA, Finance | Webmaster
Cairo, Egypt |

Stephen joins the International Affairs office as their part-time, remote Webmaster. Living in Egypt and having 25 years of experience in higher education, including web development and design, Stephen brings an international perspective to his web support responsibilities.

staff photoMegan Richard | Coordinator, International Student Scholar Services
615-898-2282 | Jones Hall room 115 |

As the Coordinator for International Student Scholar Services, Megan helps create a sense of welcome and belonging for the international students by planning and organizing activities and events for them to participate in. She collaborates with other departments across campus to create new experiences and to find resources available for the international students. Megan is also the content creator and manager of the social media platforms. She advises international students in regard to student services and assists in immigration procedures as a DSO. Megan has traveled extensively throughout the United States and around the world.

Dr. Summers

Robert  Summers, Ph.D. | Vice Provost 
615-898-2116 |

Dr. Summers serves as the Vice Provost for International Affairs. As such, he has primary responsibility for the international enterprise at MTSU. He oversees the Center for Asian Studies; the Center for Chinese Music and Culture; Education Abroad; International Admissions and Services; and the Intensive English Program. Dr. Summers is a trained linguist and holds a faculty appointment in the department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. He has a special interest in Neo-Vyogotskian Language Assessment: the Applications of Technology to Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy and Comprehensive Internationalization in the academy.


John Wilson, Ed.D. | International Student Recruiter
615-494-8767 | Jones Hall 108 |

Dr. Wilson leads MTSU’s recruitment effort for international students. He travels to strategically identified areas and countries to promote MTSU, recruit students, and build relationships. Dr. Wilson’s activities include cultivating and developing relationships with international high schools, agencies, government sponsors, and organizations that assist international students seeking to study abroad. John participates in recruitment fairs throughout the world. His efforts are targeted at the introduction of MTSU and contacting prospective international students.

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Maureen Young | Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost & Office Manager
615-898-2116 | Jones Hall 161 |

Maureen Young serves as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost, and manager for the International Affairs office. She is responsible for coordinating and providing administrative and managerial support to the office. She also manages the international merit scholarship awards and coordinates services for the Intensive English Program.

Dr. ZhengGuanping Zheng, Ph.D. | Director, Center for Asian Studies
615-904-8365 | Miller Education Center 3200 |

Dr. Zheng’s responsibilities include forging institutional partnerships with Asian countries for academic and cultural exchange, organizing and hosting short term international programs, and conducting multi-cultural events. Dr. Zheng is a professor of Media Arts with extensive experience leading education abroad programs.


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