Juan Tavares

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Juan Tavares
Director of International Admissions and Services
(269) 387-5879
(269) 387-5899
3110 Faunce Student Services, Mail Stop 5246
Mailing address: 
Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5246 USA
  • M.A., Recreation Management, Michigan State University, 1988
  • B.S., Health Education, Michigan State University, 1985

Juan Tavares received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University’s College of Education. With experience from Bronson Hospital, Northwestern University, Kalamazoo College, and Michigan State University, Tavares began work at Western Michigan University (WMU) in 2006.  As Director of International Admissions and Services, he is responsible for the recruitment, admission and retention of international students. His tenure at WMU has resulted in a substantial growth of the international population from 960 students in 2007 to over 1,800 today.  In his free time, Tavares enjoys swimming and spending time with his four children.

As the director of International Admissions and Services, Tavares' primary responsibilities include:

  • Establishes WMU admissions criteria for applicants educated abroad, following University guidelines
  • Implements international student recruitment plan in cooperation with other Haenicke Institute units
  • Oversees international student scholarship programs from internal and external sources
  • Oversees international student recruitment and admissions processes