Press Release

For Immediate Release

Mike Liberty, AIFS
(203) 399-5187,

AIFS President and CEO Receives his Honorary Doctorate

STAMFORD, CT - May 21, 2014
William L. Gertz, the President and CEO of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), received an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London last week at Richmond’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2014.

During the commencement, held at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea on May 14, Gertz was awarded the degree in recognition of his commitment to education and internationalism. Gertz is responsible for having led many initiatives instrumental to the growth and direction of AIFS, one of the world’s largest cultural exchange and educational travel organizations for more than 50 years, enriching the lives of young people all over the world.

A resident of Fairfield, Connecticut, Gertz joined AIFS in 1985 and has served as the President and CEO since 2005. In addition to more than 30 years of experience in international education, he has guided AIFS into the 21st century through such innovations as establishing the company’s first website in 1994 and providing leadership in a myriad of educational and social causes including organizing the Diversity in International Education workshop in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

Based in Stamford, Connecticut and with offices in 6 countries, AIFS places approximately 50,000 students a year in their cultural exchange programs, including high school and college study abroad experiences, high school travel, college prep, au pair placement, gifted education, insurance services and camp counselor staffing.

Richmond, the American International University in London, is a U.S. and U.K. accredited university with undergraduate and post-graduate courses. With campuses in Richmond Hill and Kensington, Richmond prepares students for global careers and postgraduate study both in the U.K. and overseas.

Celebrating its’ 50th anniversary in 2014, AIFS is one of the most trusted leaders in international education, creating the highest quality programming with a premium on participant safety. With more than 1.5 million participants, AIFS has a strong commitment to its’ vision to “bring the world together” and celebrates a proud history of providing opportunities to the international education community.

For information on William L. Gertz and AIFS, contact Mike Liberty at (203) 399-5187 or by email at

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