Accessibility statement

The University of York in America

The University of York in America is a separate legal entity from the University.

Donations to the University of York in America are tax deductible and it is a 501(c)(3) organisation (EIN number: 30-0241333). Our Board of Directors decides how funds donated to the University of York in America are used.

Aims of the University of York in America

Our Mission Statement:

The University of York in America is a non-profit organisation. With the help of alumni and friends, it supports the increase of educational opportunity and quality of education and research at the University of York and other institutions. Through the development of strategic partnerships it aims to increase awareness of the University of York and its priority projects and to raise funds in support of students, teaching and research.

In practise this means that it aims to:

  • increase opportunities for students to study and work abroad by expanding the capacity of York Futures.
  • develop partnerships including cultural exchanges, internships and exchange programmes
  • increase other educational opportunities and research
  • engage in strategic media promotion to develop awareness of the University of York

The Board of Directors

The President of the University of York in America is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of York. Our alumni volunteer members are all US-based residents who are active ambassadors for York in the United States.

Saul Tendler (President), Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Professor Tendler has been the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost from September 2015. Professor Tendler has significant experience of research and technology transfer. He was a founding director of Molecular Profiles Ltd. His research has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, the award of a DSc and has been recognised through a number of prizes. He has served on many funding council and research council boards and committees and was Chair of the MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC Discipline Hopping Panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2000.


Anthony Hollingworth (Vice-President), Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Wentworth, 2000

Anthony graduated from York in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was a member of Wentworth College and the University Rugby Football Club. Anthony also represented York in the North American exchange programme at the University of Illinois in 1998-99. While at York he met his wife, Megan, while she was completing a semester abroad programme in the English department. They now reside in New Jersey with their daughters Emma and Ruby. They are enthusiastic supporters of the University especially to support others with the international opportunities they enjoyed.

Anthony is a Managing Partner with Gartner, Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. He has wide experience advising government agencies and businesses in both the United Kingdom and United States, specializing in public-sector strategy and technologies. He completed a Masters degree in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and worked as consultant for Accenture in UK. From 1996-2003 he was a reserve soldier in the British Army, Royal Corps of Signals.

Dr Alan Eynon, Electronics, Goodricke, 1997

Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr Eynon completed both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1986. While working as an engineer for the US Defence Department, completed a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, District of Columbia, in 1991.

Dr Eynon was reassigned to work in the Harrogate area, and started his research under Professor Tim Tozer in the Department of Electronics at the University of York in 1992, completing a DPhil in 1997 with his thesis “Coarse Synchronization Techniques for the Rapid Acquisition of Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum Signals”. Also during this time, Dr Eynon played the viola in Leeds Symphony and West Riding Opera.

Since 1997, Dr Eynon has lived in Texas. He worked in the Digital Signal Processors division of Texas Instruments, in Houston, and then moved to Dallas to work for Raytheon E-Systems, primarily on the automatic detection and identification of radar signals. Since 2002, he has been with Innovative Signal Analysis, applying his academic expertise and broad experience to a variety of defence-related projects.

Dr Eynon and his wife live in a solar powered house of their own design, with their four herding dogs. In addition to the viola, Dr Eynon enjoys running, beekeeping, swing dancing, astronomy, and travel.

Alan has been a continuous and loyal supporter of the University of York for over ten years, and set up one of the first legacy gifts to the University, to support science and engineering students who wish to broaden their education by spending a year at a university in the USA.

Kelly O’Donnell, Medieval Studies, Wentworth, 2002

Since graduating from the University of York in 2002 with a Masters in Medieval Studies, Kelly O,Donnell has worked in New York City as an Advertising & Promotion Paralegal. She has wide-ranging advertising and promotions law experience and has worked extensively with counsel around the world to vet and implement domestic and international promotions.

She currently support the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group lawyers at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz in counselling clients on social media, sweepstakes, contests, coupons, gift cards, rebates, Web site terms of use, privacy policies, and other promotions and advertising-related issues. Kelly also assists for-profit companies implementing cause-related marketing programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, she was an advertising and entertainment paralegal with Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP and Loeb & Loeb LLP. Prior to starting the Masters Program at University of York, Kelly also worked for Random House, Time Warner Books and MTV Networks.

Kelly graduated from Michigan State University with BA in History and English in 1998. She acquired a Certificate of Completion from New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute in the summer of 1998. Kelly has also published a novella entitled Blood on the Moon in 2010.

Kelly is a committed donor to the University of York in America, US International Connections Fund.

David Lee, Economics and Econometrics, Halifax, 2005

As the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Chief Investment Officer, David Lee is responsible for managing CZI’s investment portfolio which funds the organization’s efforts across science, education and justice and opportunity.

David came to CZI from the Princeton University Investment Company where he worked on asset allocation and the marketable asset categories, including domestic equity, international equity and independent return.

Prior to Princeton, David worked at ABN AMRO in London. He earned a first-class honors degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of York (UK), holds an M.S. with Distinction specializing in Quantitative Finance from the University of Reading (UK), and received an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Su Koh, Economics and Finance, James College, 1997

Su was a member of James College and graduated York in 1997 with a B.Sc (Hons) Economics and Finance. After graduation, Su worked in investment risk management with Credit Suisse First Boston in Singapore and subsequently moved to New York City for work in 2001.  More recently, Su joined Bank of China in New York where she is currently responsible for risk compliance strategy, governance and regulatory management.  Su met her husband (and fellow James College alumnus) Eric Chong in York. They have a son together and are living in New York.

Elizabeth Halifax, PhD, RN, Economic and Social History

With a career focused on health care for older adults, Elizabeth Halifax has held leadership positions in hospital administration in the UK, in nursing homes in the USA, and as a Research Specialist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her teaching experience includes courses for graduate and pre-licensure nursing students at California State University (Stanislaus and East Bay campuses). Currently, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing (UCSF) and Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Community Health Systems (UCSF).

Elizabeth qualified as a registered nurse in London, England and received a BA (with honors) in Economic and Social History from the University of York, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies from The Metropolitan University, London. She graduated with her PhD from UCSF in June 2013. Her research interests are focused on end of life and nursing home care, and include palliative care access in nursing homes, understanding pain in people with dementia and the role of assistive personnel in nursing homes.

Her community activities include serving as a board member for the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, an organization that provides national education, advocacy and policy analysis for long-term care residents (2018-present); San Francisco Waldorf Schools (2012-19); and the UCSF Alpha Eta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society (2013-15). Since 2017 she has worked as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman, visiting with and advocating for nursing home residents.

She lives in San Francisco California and enjoys swimming year-round in the Bay.

Mary Haworth (Secretary), Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni

Mary came to York to take up the role of Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni in 2011. Prior to York, Mary was Deputy Director of Development at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and before that Development Manager for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle.

Mary’s role is to lead the team and direct the development and implementation of York’s philanthropic fundraising strategy and engagement programmes in order to encourage and facilitate philanthropic support from charities, individual donors, alumni and businesses. Mary has an MSc in Charity Marketing and Fundraising from Cass Business School, and is a fully certified member of the Institute of Fundraising Management.

Ruth Clark (Treasurer), Group Financial Controller

 Ruth Clark joined the University of York in America board as Group Financial Controller in July 2020.