About GEMS

Dwight R. Peterson, President and CEO

Dwight has been involved in the higher education industry for over 25 years.  He began his tenure as senior vice president at the TERI Corporation in 1984. He left TERI to start the International Education Finance Corporation, focusing on providing more opportunities for students attending universities worldwide.   After looking into new opportunities in the international education marketplace, he founded GEMS in January of 2010. In addition, he is the founding president of the International Education Council, a member-driven, not-for-profit organization, that is charged with working for the rights and interests of international universities in Washington, D.C.  He holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Tony Glad, Executive Vice President

Tony has worked in higher education for more than twenty one years.  He began his career at Knight College Resource Group, where he rose to the position of director of marketing for Health Education Loan Programs.  He later took the position of assistant director of financial aid at Georgetown University School of Medicine and then became the associate director of MEDLOANS at the Association of American Medical Colleges.  Starting in 2000, Tony served as the vice president of International Education Finance Corporation, and has spent the last decade assisting universities worldwide to create more opportunities in international education.  A graduate of Duke University, he resides in Boston, MA.

Bradley J. Finger, Director of Student Programs

Brad manages the GEMS' Global Study Abroad program, working directly with colleges and universities worldwide to offer students more choice in short-term study abroad.  With more than 9 years of experience in the higher education industry, Brad brings to GEMS a demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of his clients.  Prior to joining GEMS, Brad worked at American Students Assistance, and has conducted financial literacy workshops for high school and college students and has facilitated money management sessions for students at more than 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States.  He attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and currently lives in Boston, MA.

Bryan Olds, Office Manager

Bryan brings 7 years of higher education industry experience to Global Education Management Services. He is responsible for the day to day logistics of assisting a global workforce.  Bryan began his career as a college admissions counselor where he worked closely with prospective students and parents. He also has demonstrated excellence in maintaining and enhancing school relationships during his time at both First Marblehead Education Resources and International Education Finance Corporation.  Bryan graduated from Eastern Nazarene College and currently resides in Bridgewater, MA.

Erich McElroy, UK and Europe

Erich, Director of ESM Enterprise Ltd, has worked in higher education for more than fifteen years.  Erich moved to the U.K. in 2000 to work at Richmond, the American International University in London as an admissions representative and recruited extensively in Asia and the Middle East.  In 2004, Erich left Richmond to represent the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC) in Europe. Since 2009 Erich has worked independently with institutions of higher education to expand the number of U.S. students studying abroad.  Erich’s experience in working with a variety of institutions provides him with a unique understanding of the obstacles facing foreign institutions working to diversify internationally.

Tara Felton, Australasia and South Africa  

Tara is the Director of Financial Aid Australasia Pty Ltd and has worked within international education for 14 years. Her role prior to setting up her own company was Associate Director of International Student Support.  Tara was responsible for the international student welfare portfolio addressing holistically the needs of students from 80+ countries arriving at her university. As part of the Study Abroad and Exchange portfolio she also assisted both inbound and outbound students with preparation for what they could expect whilst they experienced the wider global community. Tara’s management portfolio included responsibilities for compliance, government contract management, welfare, critical incident management, financial aid and policy. From 2005 – 2008 she additionally represented IEFC in the southern hemisphere. Her company specializes in international compliance issues and support programs. She holds Master’s degrees in Justice and International Relations.