Brad Farnsworth is Vice President for Global Engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE), where he specializes in strategic planning for internationalization, national policies on international mobility, international business education, curriculum internationalization, and China, leading ACE’s global strategy, which engages associations, governments, and corporations outside the United States to advance the goals of higher education globally. He serves on several boards, including as Vice Chair of the Alliance for International Exchange.

From 1991 until joining ACE in early 2012, Farnsworth was Director of the Center for International Business Education in the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. The center’s programs included faculty research projects, foreign language courses, education abroad, executive development, and student internships. He established strong ties with the liberal arts, helping to establish a new undergraduate concentration in international studies and teaching one of its core courses. Farnsworth also taught courses on global strategy, competing in the global economy, and business in China to MBAs, undergraduates, and executives.

From 1982 to 1991, Farnsworth was Associate Director of the Yale-China Association, an educational exchange organization based at Yale University that was established in the early 20th century. He developed one of the first management training programs with foreign cooperation in mainland China. Farnsworth has focused on China throughout his career, visiting the country frequently and serving as a faculty associate in the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

Farnsworth holds Master’s degrees in Business and Chinese Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, both awarded in 1981.

Last Updated: August 1, 2019



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