Chris McKenzie


Chris McKenzie has worked in international higher education for the past 7 years and has worked in higher education and experiential education for over 25 years. Chris is an advocate for learning and for promoting the pursuit of once in a lifetime opportunities. He is motivated to help people find and pursue their passions.

He co-founded the Global Career Center (GCC) to partner with universities and colleges throughout the world, employers from a wide range of industries, and learners of all ages to connect employability and education through collaborative program development, comprehensive services delivery, and curated experiential education.

In 2017 Chris joined the Academic Internship Council (AIC) within the CIEE family as Development Director for Partnerships and Programs. AIC partnered with nearly 75 universities worldwide to develop and deliver customized experiential programs across 18 global cities. Prior to AIC, Chris was an Assistant Director in the Office of Study Abroad at Michigan State University where he was responsible for inbound non-matriculating semester programs, exchanges, and summer programs.

Chris has held leadership roles within three University systems that focused on marketing and strategic program development for the recruitment and admissions of; domestic and international college students; high school students; and transfer and non-traditional students. Chris’s consultative approach led the way in partnership recruiting methods and incorporated Holland’s Vocational Theory, Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator
(personality type), and similar tools into the planning model so that students could better understand and design their own educational path.

A Michigan native, Chris graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Recreation specializing in Experiential and Outdoor Education.