At the end of WWII, founder of International Students, Inc., Bob Finley, became increasingly aware of the growing number of International students studying in the United States. In 1951, International Students, Inc. representatives began meeting international students arriving on ships in the San Francisco Harbor on route to attend UC Berkley and UCLA. In 1953, International Students, Inc.was officially established and moved their headquarters to Washington D.C. There were 33,000 foreign students from 128 nations enrolled in U.S. colleges and four International Students, Inc.area chapters.
In 1972, International Students, Inc.moved to Star Ranch, Colorado Springs and the Friendship Partner program was established where churched American families were matched with international students as friends. This became the most successful means for students being able to visit friendship partners in their American hddomes and learning the culture.
International Students, Inc. has continued to meet the needs of international students. Americans befriend international students and help them adjust to the American culture.
International Students, Inc.’s current president, Indian-born Dr. Douglas Shaw, once an international student himself, became the President/CEO of International Students, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado in December of 2001. After receiving his initial education in Calcutta, Dr. Shaw came to the United States and earned both and MA and Ph.D. degrees.
Dr. Shaw’s professional experience includes ongoing work as a consultant, producer and guest in various media endeavors, including television, radio and multi-media.
He is the author of many articles and more than a dozen books and training manuals. In addition, Dr. Shaw travels extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Far East and serves as a scholar in residence and guest lecturer on topics related to emerging world religions, the new world order, and systematic adaptations for the expanding dimensions of globalization.
Doug Shaw is firmly focused on driving forward the strategic goals of International Students, Inc. as it pertains to reaching out to future world leaders. He is married to Susan and they have three children and five grandchildren.