Stephen Shewmaker serves as the executive director of the Center for International Education. Stephen is an ACU graduate and Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, Professor of Psychology, lived in Central Europe for 5 years, where he worked in public accounting with KPMG, as well as with a local media company. While at ACU, he has lived in England, Germany and Uruguay, directing semester and summer study abroad programs. He works on development and implementation of ACU’s study abroad strategy, program planning with faculty; as well as addressing the tax, legal and financial aspects of ACU’s international programs. Stephen also serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) for F students and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for J students. He is currently completing an international MBA with the Euro*MBA consortium.
Veronica Whitt serves as the Coordinator of International Student Services. Veronica graduated from ACU in 2012 with a degree in Family Studies and has completed a number of graduate level courses in the ACU Graduate School of Theology. She was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines where her parents were missionaries for a number of years. During her time at ACU, Veronica was very involved with the International Students’ Association and served as president of the organization during her senior year. Prior to working for ACU, Veronica served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Abilene. She then worked for a year at the University Park Apartments as a resident assistant. Currently, Veronica is also a campus ministry intern at Southern Hills Church of Christ. She loves working with international students and learning about different cultures and is always happy to help students as they transition and adjust to life in the United States.
Lucy Dawson serves as the immigration specialist for F-1 and J-1 students, as well as the CIE administrative coordinator. She is the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for F students and the Responsible Officer (RO) for J students, advising students, staff and faculty on the immigration regulations related to F and J students. Lucy received her Master’s degree from Wheaton College in Missions/Intercultural Communication. As a college student, she enrolled in a German University as a study abroad student for a year, studying German, fine arts and theology. She lived in China for 8 years with her husband and family, where she taught ESL and enjoyed studying the Chinese language and culture. She speaks Mandarin and understands German. In the U.S., Lucy has worked with international students and immigrants in Houston, Lubbock and Abilene.
Michael Gray is the assistant director of Study Abroad at ACU. During his time at ACU, he spent a semester in Oxford, England as well as participated in a summer program in Leipzig, Germany. Michael graduated from ACU in '12 with a degree in Psychology, and worked at First Financial Bank before coming to work at ACU. In addition to working in the CIE, he is also taking graduate courses in the Graduate English Department at ACU. Michael loved his adventures and the memories made from his own Study Abroad experiences so much that he can't wait to help you figure out how to fit an ACU Study Abroad program into your degree plan!