Nancy Ruther has both vision and an uncommon ability to build the consensus needed among individuals and teams to do great things. Nancy helped the University at Albany architect an innovative scholar-practitioner program addressing the needs of both new professionals and advanced leaders. The program includes multiple points of entry, a new short-course micro-credential track, and modular and stackable elements, delivered primarily online, but with face-to-face elements. Nancy Ruther’s innovative thinking, shared during our formative period, has left an indelible imprint upon the character and success of our program.

---Mitch Leventhal, Ph.D.

    Professor of Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship

    Director, Program in International Education Management & Leadership (IEML)

    Associate Chair, Department of Educational Policy & Leadership

    University at Albany - State University of New York

We have enjoyed working with Nancy Ruther and team at Gazelle International. She has helped us develop current partnerships and find new partners to allow us to continue to offer international and cultural experiences for our students. Nancy makes the workshops and development of CLICK projects interactive and engaging and I have appreciated her thoughtfulness throughout the process. We’re looking forward to our continued work together and I’m excited to see the CLICK Projects implemented in our classrooms.


–Melody Reichoff

Global Education Coordinator

Waukesha County Technical College 

Pewaukee, WI

Your guidance and advice on what to do and how to do it has always been critical to the Light Fellowship Program at Yale. [Between visits] you were working quietly and successfully to help others work through the transitions of thinking and working that have allowed this program to be brought to a reality.    

— Timothy Light, President,
     R.U. Light Foundation

As our Japanese visitors have left for the airport, I can finally take a moment to thank you for setting us off on such a wonderful note. As it turned out, every other visit we had [during our trip] invariably touched back on its link to Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) in some way, and it became obvious how important that first morning was with you.  [Our visitors] … said YCIAS won the prize for having the most lessons on organization and support structure. 

Kelly McLaughlin, Deputy Director

Center for International & Professional Experience

and Director of Outcomes Assessment

Yale College

Our "Directed Independent Language Study" brings together major stakeholders on campus.  With Nancy Ruther's vision and administrative agility, we bent the cost-curve to tap resources on campus and overseas. We created a flexible yet rigorous way students can master rare but important languages to use in field research and securing their dream job.

— Nelleke Van Deusen Scholl
     Director, Center for Language Study 

     Yale University

Nancy, thank you!  You have been there from day 1 working hand in hand with us at the  Embassy of France, energizing us all on both sides of the Atlantic to build new pathways for the students of community colleges and offer them the possibility of studying abroad.  You are an asset to the program as an expert on the field, a committed educator and a creative program partner.


You have changed the lives of the students you helped send, made a real difference, one that was not offered to them before.


--Christel Outreman 

Attaché for Higher Education

The Embassy Of France In the US

Bravo for having completed a well designed, longitudinal and data-rich assessment of International Area and Foreign Language Studies (IAFL) at Yale.  "High-Value Outcomes in International Education,” describing your assessment work at Yale is impressive. The work is very high quality compared with most of the research/assessment efforts related to international and global programming. 


--Richard Edelstein, Research Associate

Center for Studies in Higher Education

University of California, Berkeley

When I became faculty leader of our Masters in International Relations at Yale, we needed to deepen faculty ties across the University and to add serious professional, policy content.

Nancy Ruther was the sparkplug for developing and implementing our new strategy. She created a new core course with case studies and role plays and engaged professors from many fields as case experts and judges for student presentations.

— Sylvia Maxfield, Dean

School of Business,

Providence College

…you are our most enduring partner. Indeed, you have been with us since the start. With your dazzling leadership skills, your commitment and your energy, you are France’s precious ally and our dear friend.

— Antoine Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of France to the United States


Nancy Ruther is an extraordinary career coach. She combines good humor with a steel eye for practicality and a gentle rapport with a willingness to push you further than you think you can go. Her patience and openness to explore possibilities make her indispensable. After meeting with her I felt energized, empowered and ready to explore new paths.  Everyone should be so lucky as to talk with her about career prospects.

Nancy provided innovative thinking and exceptional project management to help us launch a robust ecosystem of credit and non-credit credentials in the area of international education leadership. Her engagement was critical in bringing our vision into reality.

-- Jason Lane, Ph.D.

    Dean of School of Education

    University at Albany - State University of New York

— Stephen Frug, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Cornell University: and Visiting Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges