Sally Crimmins Villela is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs of the State University of New York. Ms. Crimmins Villela’s areas of responsibility include collaborative international academic programs and research, study abroad, international recruiting and international scholarship programs, among other things. She oversees several externally funded grant and scholarship programs which support joint research, professional development in international education and study abroad. She is also responsible for SUNY’s overseas offices in Mexico, Russia and Turkey.
Ms. Crimmins Villela was previously the Senior Associate Director of SUNY’s Office of International Programs, and prior to that, Director of Programs for Latin America, during which time she worked to establish SUNY’s office in Mexico City. Before coming to the Office of International Programs, she resided in Mexico where she served as Deputy Chief-of-Party of SUNY’s Center for International Development’s Mexican Congressional Support Project. Prior to that, she worked as a Staff Associate at the Center for International Development on projects in Brazil and Hungary, during which time she worked on the establishment of the International Education Institute of Brazil, a now-independent NGO which carries on the work initiated by the grant-funded project.
Ms. Crimmins has studied, worked and resided in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Portugal and has taught Portuguese language at both Union College and the University at Albany, and English as a Foreign Language at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. She attended the University at Albany where she received her BA in Spanish Linguistics, conducted MS studies in TESOL and advanced graduate studies in language acquisition and education.