Office of Global Citizenship

Meet Our Team

Scott Wilson
Assistant Provost for Global and Strategic Partnerships
Chair of Asian Studies
Professor of Politics 

After twenty years as a faculty member in the Politics Department and Asian Studies Program, Scott Wilson was appointed Associate Dean for Global Education in 2016. As associate dean, he directs the Office of Global Citizenship and helps to lead globalization initiatives on campus. In 1985, he studied abroad in China, just as it was opening up its economy and society, and was so taken by the experience that he made Chinese politics and economy the focus of his research. He has lived in China for more than six years, mainly to conduct research including living in two Chinese villages for ten months. He has published two books titled Remade in China: Foreign Investors and Institutional Change in China (Oxford, 2009) and Tigers Without Teeth: The Pursuit of Justice in China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and ten articles and book chapters, all on China. In 2014-15, he received a Fulbright research award to conduct research at the Research Institute on Environmental Law at Wuhan University’s Law School. During that time, he continued his study of citizen participation in Chinese environmental governance. His research and teaching have focused on China’s engagement with the global economy and citizens’ pursuit of their legal rights in China. Scott was drawn to work in the Office of Global Citizenship to advance the university’s globalization efforts and the opportunity to help students understand their roles as global citizens. When not working, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, running Sewanee’s trails with his dog, and cooking.

Office: 931-598-1173 | Fax: 931-598-3229 | Email:


Andrea Del Balso
International Student Advisor (PDSO & RO)

A Mississippi native, Andrea returned to her Southern roots and began working at Sewanee in January 2017. Andrea earned a B.A. with honors in Public Relations from Mississippi State University and went on to earn her M.Ed. with honors in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia. Andrea has ten years of experience working for both large, public universities and small, private liberal arts colleges in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and New York, as well as a study abroad provider in Boston. She has professional work experience in residence life, service learning, student leadership, campus activities, international student support services, and study abroad. Like the rest of the OGC, Andrea has been bitten by the travel bug and has lived, studied, volunteered, or traveled to 35 countries and 45 U.S. states. In her free time, Andrea enjoys both being outside and being active - rock climbing, hiking, running, triathlons, ultimate frisbee, and Latin dancing. She also enjoys authentic conversations and good coffee. 

Office: 931-598-1884 | Fax: 931-598-3229 | Email:


Abby Colbert
Assistant Counsel for Global Affairs 

Abby Colbert is an attorney with a specialty in immigration and nationality law, admitted to practice law in Tennessee and in Massachusetts. Abby received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Boston University International Law Journal. She received a Masters of Arts in International Relations from the Boston University School of Arts and Sciences, and her Bachelors of Arts in Art History from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Abby is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and a volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of the Cumberlands and Eastern Tennessee. Before relocating to Sewanee she was the Managing Attorney of the non-profit Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston.

Office: 931-598-3106 | Fax: 931-598-3229 | Email:



Shawnee Scissom

Study Abroad & Office Coordinator

Shawnee Scissom earned a B.S. in Service Management from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 2013. Following graduation, she returned home to explore career options. In 2015, Scissom joined the Office Global Citizenship working alongside three veterans ripe with knowledge of the international community. The first year of Scissom’s career in international education has led to an invaluable amount of knowledge and an unexpected use of her business degree. Customer service being one of her biggest passions has made Scissom’s job both a challenging and rewarding experience. On most Saturdays in the fall, you will find her in Knoxville faithfully cheering on her alma mater. 

Office: 931-598-3551 | Fax: 931-598-3229 | Email:

Tim Neil 
International Enrollment Coordinator/DSO

Special Assistant to Office of Global Citizenship

When Tim first visited the Mountain as a prospective student, he was completely awed by Sewanee’s Gothic architecture. He loved seeing all the engaging students, and he enjoyed the overall community feel. During his visit, Tim’s overnight host drove him out to Green’s View, one of Sewanee’s many overlooks. It was during this visit he knew he found a new home. While a Sewanee student, Tim majored in history and filled his time outside of class by serving as a student assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and as an Arcadian student admission volunteer. When Tim is not at work, he enjoys hiking Sewanee’s many trails, catching up with friends at the Blue Chair Tavern, and reading quietly on the front porch of Stirling’s Coffee House with an Invisible Latte. As a First-Generation college student himself, Tim's passion is opening all students to Sewanee.  Follow @SewaneeTim on Twitter.

Office: 931-598-1986 | Email: 


Sarah Marhevsky
International Student Services Coordinator

Sarah Marhevsky has experience working with a wide range of people, from teaching high school English for thirteen years in diverse places - in Chicago, outside of Austin, and in Idaho - to volunteering locally in the community for many years. She earned a B.A. in English and German from Wake Forest University and an M.A.T. from the University of Chicago. While she enjoys traveling (she studied abroad in Vienna), she enjoys working with and learning about people even more, and with her work here, she hopes to help build community and a sense of connectedness. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, spending time with her family, and writing children's poetry (often the rhyming, silly kind!).