We are pleased to announce that Kara Arvin will join the CCSA team as the new Program Operations Coordinator.

Kara Arvin

This is a new position that combines duties from operations and coordinating Custom Global programs.

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Operation duties include managing the online application system and preparing data for the Board and team. Related to Custom Global, duties include budget development, on-site arrangements, accommodations, and program excursions with our growing list of programs. Kara will work with individual faculty so they may effectively deliver their courses through program planning and activities.

Areas that Kara will have the opportunity to develop are the ambassador and alumni programs, student and faculty outreach, connections with member institutions, and pre-departure student orientations.

Kara joins CCSA from Eastern Kentucky University where she had opportunities to create and implement exciting, new programs within the EKU education aboard office such as their ambassador program.

As her colleagues wrote, “Kara has an great ability to manage a wide variety of tasks as we wear many hats in our office. At any given point Kara is working on custom programs, advising students, and working on creating promotional materials for us to publish, and managing all of the payments and budget items for our department.”

Kara takes up her duties on April 1, 2023, and will work remotely from her home in Richmond, KY.

This also signals another change.

Steven Farley will exit CCSA on June 1 as he continues his Doctoral program at the University of Kentucky. Stephen joined CCSA in Fall 2019 as the Operations Coordinator. As we navigated the pandemic, he started the academic program and moved to his current part-time position. Join me in thanking Stephen for his meaningful contributions to CCSA as he focuses full-time on his academic demands. The overlap with Kara will enable a smoother transition.


And we’ve reopened the search for the Program Coordinator with an anticipated June 1 start date. More on that here.

CCSA is a membership organization and serves our members by providing a means to support their students, faculty and goals for international education.  We are not simply a “program provider.”   The member institutions, guided by the CCSA Board of Trustees, own and operate CCSA.






We look forward to providing exciting global learning courses now and into the future in collaboration with our member institutions, our faculty, our on-site teams, and especially our students.