Membership Options


The purpose of Study Tennessee, The Tennessee International Student Recruiting Consortium, is to promote internationally the quality and diversity of educational programs offered by Tennessee higher education institutions and accredited English programs. As more foreign countries actively promote their educational institutions abroad, the U.S. will have to become more proactive in marketing to international students who have more educational options. This consortium is an important step in helping Tennessee compete internationally. Study Tennessee is an entity of TAIE and operates under the auspices of TAIE.


  • To increase the name recognition of Tennessee and its schools.
  • To increase the number of international students enrolling at Tennessee institutions, both online & in person.
  • To facilitate partnerships between Tennessee and schools abroad.
  • To foster communication between institutions.
  • To capitalize upon the services and support of State and Federal agencies.


Membership in Study Tennessee is open to all fully and regionally accredited two-year and four-year higher education institutions in Tennessee, as well as accredited English language programs. Member institutions will designate one person as an institutional representative with voting privileges to represent the institution’s interest to Study Tennessee.

Board Members

Maria Gonzales, Roane State Community College, Harriman
Todd Beard, Lipscomb University, Nashville

Allison Cavopol, International English Institute, Nashville
Crystal Davidson, King University
Jim Hamrick,
English Language Institute, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kristin Labs, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Rebecca Merrick, Trevecca Nazarene University
Ben Shupe, East Tennessee State University
Brian Todd, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ashley Watson, Tennessee Technological University


Activities include attending international education fairs such as Study USA, NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo, coordinating domestic events to introduce international student advisers to Tennessee college campuses, creating and maintaining consortium marketing materials (web site and brochures as examples), and establishing connections with the U.S. Commercial Service and American embassies overseas.

Governance Documents

Click here to access the Study Tennessee By-Laws