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Global Student Leader

IMG_3097The Global Student Leader (GSL) program advances the proposition in the A-State mission statement that we prepare students in challenging and diverse ways to become more productive global citizens.

The program began in 2000, and GSL has provided more than 100 students the opportunity to travel abroad and experience other cultures.


  1. Expose A-State student leaders to the diversity of cultures, languages, customs, and traditions that exist beyond the United States.
  2. Visit and experience colleges in other countries, learn how they function, and share with them how colleges in the United States function.
  3. Tour and learn from important global government institutions, museums, art galleries, and natural areas.
  4. Learn about everyday life in other countries.
  5. Learn all aspects of international travel.


December 2000: Australia

David Huckabee, Robin Spence, Jacqueline Davis, Chris Marsh
Advisor: Randall Tate

May 2001: United Kingdom, France

Deitra Rieke, Lorna Scaife, Chaneka Williams, Kelly Baxley
Advisor: Reggie Porter

May 2002: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands

Sach Oliver, Lauren McMorries, Leslie Pruitt, Lindsey Tubbs
Advisor: Randall Tate

December 2002: Australia

Shelly LunBeck, Anna Hart, Jeremy Levenbach
Advisor: Pete Green

May 2004: Italy, Vatican City, Netherlands

Nakia Eggerson, Pam Cummings, Jacob Hampton, Brooke Evans, Kurt Folden, Courtney Rowe
Advisor: Randall Tate

December 2004: New Zealand, Australia

Candace Martin, Natalie Eskew, Lauren Talbot, James Bishop
Advisor: Shawn Smee

May 2005: Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands

Trey Oguin, Lauren Davis, Samantha Chappell, David Cupp
Advisors: Randall Tate & Shawn Smee

December 2005: China, Hong Kong

Kristen Rowe, Amanda Payne, Marvin Alexander, Rachel Smith
Advisor: Shawn Smee

May 2006: Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Monaco

Amelia Russell, Regina Alexander, Kristen Myers, Lacey Hawkins, Tiffany Frazier
Advisors: Randall Tate, Dr. Rick Stripling

May 2007: Egypt

Evette Allen, Kym Guthrie, Kirby Massey, Morgan Pippin, Tera Ramsay
Advisor: Lauren Smee

December 2007: Chile, Argentina

EJ Carey, Caitlin Farris, Kevin Linker, Weston Little, Justin McClure, Lindsay Weaver
Advisor: Randall Tate

March 2009: Italy, Vatican City

Greg Williams, Anna Callaway, Shawn Oates, Sharnea Diggs, Melissa Gadbury, Bethany Broadaway, Bryan Bristol, Jamie Beck, Steven Lamm
Advisor: Randall Tate

May 2009: Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy

Kiel Smith, Lark Little, Ryan Beaird, Ashton Snowden, Somer Allen, Adrian Everett
Advisor: Randall Tate

December 2009: Australia

Justin White, Shannon O'Nale, Isiah Tatum, Kimberly Winchester
Advisor: Natalie Eskew

March 2010: France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Austria

Chelsea Coleman, Melloney Dunlap, Ashdon Floyd, Laura Keath
Advisor: Randall Tate

May 2011: Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hungary

Candi Biggers, Myriah Downs, Kristyna Gleghorn, Zach Marsh, Kohl McCone
Advisors: Randall Tate and Martha Spack

May 2012: Ecuador

Colea Blann, Courtney Bolin, Veronica Heatherly, Allen Horton, Hunter Petrus, Annie Robinson, Alicia Rose, Natalie Wilbanks
Advisors: Randall Tate and Natalie Eskew

May 2013: Ireland, Croatia, Montenegro

Tess Wheetley, LaTasha Moore, Amber Ray, Stevie Overby
Advisor: Randall Tate

June 2014: Spain

Dylan Bateman, Jonathan Williams, Emily Ladd, Bianca Garcia, Fulton Partlow, Mallory Perry, Makala Bell, Jonathan Freeman, Brandon Haley, Ammar Ahmad, Molly Reed, Ellen Hakenewerth, Amber Sanders
Advisors: Alexis Hurdle and Dr. Rick Stripling

May 2015: Belize

Erica Blackford, Jared Dietz, Kaylie Doggett, Rebecca Galloway, Brooks Jones, Jessica Keith, Kaily Nix, Emilee Taylor, Erin Wadley, Jenny Walker
Advisors: Alexis Hurdle and Dr. Rick Stripling

May 2017: Scotland, England

Ethan Barnes, Tori Bell, Keegan Boyd, Megan Boyd, Ashley Clark, Ross Grant, Judith Halsell, Sarah Jackson, Macie Johnson, Caroline Kelley, Kristen Lily, Sarah Lipsky, Britten Lovelace, Alexis Philippe, Thomas Ragland, Carlee Smith, Clinton Summers, Emilee Taylor, Kaylianne Weber, Joycelynne Williams
Advisors: Alexis Hurdle and Booker Mays

May 2018: Greece 

Riley Adams, Katelyn Bates, Brittany Bessenger, Amy Clay-Thomas, Landen Crancer, Emma Elliott, Tamela Foshee, Jennifer Fuller, Gracie Hicks, Hope Higginbotham, Jennifer Keller, Kristen Lilly, Sarah Lipsky, Ashley Martin, Autumn Mears, Erica Miller, Lindi Miller, Robert Morris, Meg Pearson, Brayton Ragsdale, Nicholas Smith, Haley Stotts, Seth Vickery

Advisors: Alexis Hurdle and Booker Mays

May 2019: Barcelona, Southern France, Italy

Billy Bodron, Emma Borgmann, Sydney Brand, Gracen Caddy, Catherine Coleman, Mary Conroy, Sutton Gadberry, Hannah Hefner, Leah Hendrix, Sarah Hutchinson, Cori Keller, Rashad Kirksey, Ellie Mayberry, Blake Moore, Eleanor Pulliam, Chesney Ross, Austin Slater, Ali Tran, Allison Vaughn

Advisors: Alexis Hurdle and Booker Mays

May 2020: The Alps: Germany & Switzerland

Canceled due to COVID-19 

May 2021: The Alps: Germany & Switzerland

Canceled due to COVID-19 

May 2022: Boston & New York City

Domestic Program to ensure the safety of travelers due to COVID-19