Tom Gjersvig is serving as a part-time advisor within ISSS. Previously, has was the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Minnesota State University-Mankato for 15 years, and prior to that worked at Rochester Community College. He enjoys spending time with international students to ensure their understanding of immigration regulations and services available on-campus and within the community. He has been an active participant in campus internationalization and diversity priorities.
Tom was drawn to higher education, and later international education, because of his experience as an U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and work with migrant farm workers. He led a group of community college students on a semester abroad to Costa Rica. "I'm fortunate, in that every day I am inspired by students that are studying in the U.S. or abroad."
He has served on committees for NAFSA and the Minnesota International Educators. He is married to his wife Leita and they have two grown sons. He enjoys travel, gardening and referee's youth and high school soccer.