Ian is a graduate assistant for intercultural learning and works directly with Mozaiko: A Global Living-Learning Community. He has served in this role since 2018 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the higher education program at Virginia Tech. Ian's research focuses on interfaith experiences and their impact on college students' learning and development. While at VT, he has been involved in a wide range of areas, including the VT Interfaith Initiative, SA Leadership Circles, VT Athletics, and Engineering Academic Affairs.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, Ian attended Utah State University, where he received a B.A. in international studies and an M.Ed. in higher education. While completing his masters, he worked in the USU Admissions Office as an international recruiter and oversaw student recruitment in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and South America. Ian has lived, worked, and visited over 25 countries. His favorite place to visit is Albania, where he lived for two years. He speaks Albanian fluently and is a member of the Albanian Faith in Every Footstep Foundation executive board.
Ian grew up in Northern Utah. He is an avid skier, mountain biker, and lover of all things outdoors. Ian is married to his high school sweetheart and recently became a father to a wonderful baby boy.