AIRC, US. Brian Whalen will replace Mike Finnell as Executive Director of AIRC in October. Mike is retiring in December after a very successful and highly accomplished tenure. Among the most well-known and influential international education leaders, Brian served for a dozen years as the President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad, the first Standards Development Organization worldwide focused on international education. Under Brian’s leadership, The Forum gained national and international recognition as the premier organization for quality assurance and professional development in education abroad, as membership grew to over 800 institutions and organizations. Brian also currently holds the positions of Dean’s Fellow at Dickinson College, and International Education Leadership Fellow at the University at Albany. The AIRC Board of Directors officially approved the appointment of Brian at their August meeting. He will commence his duties October 1 and work with Mike and the full AIRC Board and staff in transition.